Daycare owners to be sentenced in heinous Child Abuse case
SAN ANTONIO, TX – A San Antonio man, his wife and his brother could serve a combined 85 years in prison, after agreeing to separate plea deals in one of the most horrendous child abuse cases in Bexar County in recent memory.
Tim Archuleta, Iliana Archuleta and Rogelio Archuleta are all scheduled to be sentenced within the next six weeks, more than three years after they were accused of starving and beating Tim and Iliana’s three adopted children inside a far northwest-side home.
According to a criminal complaint from October 2012, the then 8-year-old boy and 10-year-old twins were forced to sleep in a locked bathtub, which included a communal bucket they were forced to relieve themselves in.
Investigators determined the children were severely malnourished, at times had been forced to eat sticks of butter and pour bleach into their wounds.
One child told investigators he was forced to bite off part of his sister’s ear, according to a previous report on the case.
Authorities became aware of the abuse after one of the children was hospitalized with a bone infection.
All three adopted children, as well as Tim and Iliana’s two biological children were removed from their custody after the arrest, a CPS spokeswoman confirmed at the time.
The spokeswoman said Thursday all five children remain in foster care.
At the time of their arrests, Tim and Iliana Archuleta owned Honey Tree Daycare on Culebra Road.
Investigators have previously said the abuse did not appear to happen at the facility, which was shut down and has since changed its name and re-opened under new owners.
Tim Archuleta, 46, applied for deferred adjudication Wednesday.
It is unlikely he will avoid jail time however, since prosecutors opposed his application and have asked the court to sentence all three defendants “for a term up to the maximum allowed by the cap”.
Tim Archuleta agreed to a plea deal which caps his punishment at 20 years in prison.
He was facing five counts of injury to a child, causing serious bodily injury.
“It’s up to the judge at this point,” James Tocci, Tim Archuleta’s attorney, said via telephone Thursday.
Tocci declined to discuss details of the abuse case until the plea deal was finalized.
Iliana Archuleta, 43, applied for deferred adjudication in December.
Her application has been opposed by prosecutors.
Iliana Archuleta’s plea deal caps her possible prison sentence at 30 years.
She remains free on bond, but did not respond to a request for comment left at her last known address, a home in the 7900 block of Oak Pointe where the abuse took place.
Rogelio Archuleta, 30, faced six count of injury to a child, causing serious bodily injury.
He applied for deferred adjudication in October.
His application has also been opposed by prosecutors.
Rogelio Archuleta’s possible prison sentence has been capped at 35 years.
Attorneys representing Iliana and Rogelio did not respond to calls for comment Thursday.
Tim and Rogelio Archuleta remain at the Bexar County jail.
The district attorney’s office declined comment until after the trio was formally sentenced.