SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —
Prosecutors have charged a couple with first-degree murder after authorities said severe abuse, torture and neglect caused the death of two young children who were found stuffed in a plastic bin at a rented Redding storage facility.
Tami Joy Huntsman, 39, and 17-year-old Gonzalo Curiel were charged Monday after the bodies of the 3-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy were found in the storage unit on Dec. 13, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said.
Curiel will be charged as an adult.
Investigators believe the children died on Nov. 27 while in the care of the 39-year-old Huntsman in a Salinas apartment. Her relationship to the children remains unclear.
Huntsman and Curiel have each been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of torture, one count of child abuse, and two counts of conspiracy — one to commit torture and one to commit child abuse.
Special circumstance allegations have been filed against both suspects. That means Huntsman could be eligible for the death penalty. Since Curiel is a minor, he is not subject to the death penalty.