Adopted Children Starved And Beaten

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Archuleta home where Children were abused.

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.

CO Statewide Child Abuse Hotline

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Colorado Child Abuse Hotline

Calling it in: Statewide Child Abuse Hotline
meets Morgan County

How to call:

To report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect in Morgan County, call 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.  All information given out over the hotline is kept confidential.

To find out more about how to recognize the signs of abuse, go to www.childabuse.org or www.co4kids.org.

Morgan County, Colorado  –  Caregivers, law enforcement officers and others in Morgan County are still adjusting to Colorado’s new method for reporting child abuse.

This month is the one-year anniversary of the statewide child abuse and neglect hotline, 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.  The hotline was created by the Colorado Department of Human Services in an effort to give “mandatory reporters”—those who are required by law to report suspected child abuse—and others a single phone number to call whenever they’re concerned about a child, no matter where they are.

In 2015 the hotline received more than 26,000 calls statewide, but many people are still using the old, county-specific numbers, and Morgan County is no different.

Before 2015, people who suspected a case of child abuse would typically call the police or the Morgan County DHS directly.  The new hotline automatically links callers to the appropriate call-taker for their county.  In Morgan County, that’s usually someone in the DHS, who then notifies the police if necessary.

“There are goods and bads to it,” Fort Morgan police chief Darin Sagel said.

The hotline slightly delays police officers’ response time in emergencies, he said.  Sagel also worries that some severe cases aren’t being reported to the police, since individuals who call the hotline are “not always equipped to tell how extensive the abuse is.”

But Jacque Frenier, director of the Morgan County DHS, said the hotline can save callers time by directing them to the right local organization immediately.  It’s also helpful for those who don’t know which county the child lives in, or don’t speak English, she said.

“Initially, there were some hiccups,” she said.  “But they’ve got most of them fixed now… the county’s mandatory reporters were used to calling us directly, but they’re getting used to it.”

The DHS has a few screeners whose job is to take calls about child abuse and determine the cases’ severity.   In about three cases out of four, they then pass it along to the police.  The only exceptions are cases which they determine require more assessment.

Many mandatory reporters, like teachers and medical workers, still call DHS or the police directly because those are the numbers they’re familiar with.  Altogether, Frenier estimated her organization gets about 50 calls a month reporting child abuse or neglect.

Above all, she said it’s important to gather as many details about the situation as possible before calling the hotline.  The more information DHS workers and law enforcement have, the faster they can respond.

“Many of us want to do the right thing, but some are unsure about first steps,” Robert Werthwein of the Colorado Department of Human Services said in a press release about the hotline.  “This hotline can, and in many instances, should be step one.”

Child Abuse That “Shocks The Soul”

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Mayra Solis and her friend, Fransisco Javier Rios-Covarrubias

Suspects arrested in Child Abuse case that “shocks the soul”

MESA, AZ  –  Two people have been arrested in connection to a severe child abuse case that police say “shocks the soul.”

The Mesa Police Department says a 3-year-old girl was found in a trash bag, covered in feces, duct-taped and hidden in a closet.  The girl’s mother, Mayra Solis and her friend, Fransisco Javier Rios-Covarrubias, have been arrested.

According to police, Solis would leave the girl with Covarrubias at his home while she was at work, and he would put the girl in a closet for hours, and possibly days at a time.  The child was found by police after a man, who Covarrubias met online, went to the suspect’s home and was offered the girl for sexual activities.

“@mesapd says mother of 3yo found bound in closet had shaved head of daughter to pander for money, claiming she had cancer.  Mom is homeless.” — Liz Kotalik (@LizKotalik) January 19, 2016

Police also say the girl’s head was shaved because Solis pandered her for money and claimed she had cancer.

Covarrubias has been charged with sex trafficking, kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor and child abuse.  Solis is facing child abuse charges.

Wisconsin 4-Month-Old Treated

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Lavel Pollard

4-Month-Old Treated for Injuries Consistent of Child Abuse at Children’s Hospital

Shorewood, Wisconsin  –  A Shorewood man was charged with child abuse and neglect after a four-month old infant was taken to Children’s Hospital regarding possible child abuse.

The child, who resided in the 4000 block of North Morris Blvd., sustained injuries consistent with an intentional act.

Lavel Pollard is currently in custody facing charges of one count of child abuse and one count of child neglect.

In 2003, Pollard was charged and found guilty of one count of child abuse. 

WISCONSIN ADOPTS “PARTS” OF CHILD ABUSE PACKAGE

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Wisconsin Law Makers adopt “PARTS” of Child Abuse package.

CORRUPT CPS STILL TRYING TO KEEP LAW ENFORCEMENT OUT OF THE LOOP

Madison, Wisconsin  –  The State Senate on Tuesday passed two bills backed by Attorney General Brad Schimel aimed at protecting child abuse victims.

One of the bills grants an advocate to victims of sexual assault, human trafficking or child abuse and another creates a new felony crime for engaging in repeated acts of child abuse.  Under current law, different acts of child abuse must be prosecuted separately.

The bills were introduced in October as part of a package that included two other bills that have drawn broader opposition, including a resolution opposing them by the Dane County Board.

Those bills, which broaden the definition of child neglect and expand reporting requirements to law enforcement for child abuse and neglect, passed committee on party lines, but have not been scheduled for a full Senate vote.  Opponents worry they will disproportionately affect low-income minorities and widen disparities in the criminal justice system.

Jason Mugnaini, an aide to Sen. Rob Cowles, who authored the bills, said the senator remains hopeful the other two will pass this session.

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