Murder Charges Planned in Storage Unit Case

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The cause of death of the two children found in a Redding storage facility was ongoing physical abuse, according to Salinas Police Chief Callie McMillan.

Finally some answers in the heartbreaking and brutal deaths of 3-year-old Delilah Tara and her 6-year-old brother Shaun. Their bodies were discovered Sunday night.

Monterey County district attorney Dean Flippo says while no positive identification has come out of the autopsy yet, they are certain the bodies are those of the missing Salinas children.

The DA hopes to file charges against their caretaker, Tami Huntsman, and Gonzalo Curiel by Friday or Monday.

"It is our intention to file two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances ...  which could impose the death penalty," Flippo said.

Special circumstances include multiple murders and murders committed during torture, with an additional charge of torture on a 9-year-old, who remains at UC Davis Med Center.

The case is complex, spanning multiple counties and involving more than 30 detectives.

It is now known the children were reported missing last Sunday from their Salinas is home, after Plumas County notified Salinas PD of the discovery of their 9-year-old sister on the floorboard of the couple's vehicle.

The bodies of the siblings were found stuffed inside a plastic bin inside a storage unit in Redding.