Dec 15, 2015 7:39 PM by News Staff
New details are emerging about the brutal mistreatment of a 9-year-old girl, and the discovery of two dead children inside a Redding storage unit.
Tami Joy Huntsman, 39, and Gonzalo Curiel, 17, both of Quincy were arraigned on felony child abuse, torture and mayhem charges in Plumas County Tuesday afternoon. Neither of the suspects entered a plea and both cases were continued until January 7.
Huntsman and Curiel are also suspected in the deaths of two children found inside a Redding storage unit.
Action News Now has learned the children are believed to be 3-year-old Delylah Tara and 6-year-old Shaun Tara. According to the San Bernardino County Sentinel, their mother, Vivian Saucedo was killed in a traffic accident two years ago. It appears as though Huntsman became their guardian after the crash. The Redding Police Department has not confirmed the children's identities and an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
The investigation was launched Friday, when the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office received a request for a welfare check on a 9-year-old girl living in an apartment at 2110 East Main Street in Quincy. What deputies found at the scene “was the most unspeakable measure of torture for an extended period of time,” Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the Plumas County News.
Quoting police and medical personnel, the Plumas County News reported Tuesday that the 9-year-old girl underwent five hours of surgery Sunday at UC-Davis Medical Center after she was found on the floorboard of a locked Toyota 4Runner.The girl was reportedly missing teeth, had broken bones and open sores.
The Redding Police Department is investigating the deaths and say it appears Huntsman and Curiel traveled between Salinas, Redding, Shingletown and Quincy between November 27 and December 11. They are believed to have stayed in the Motel 6 in Dunnigan on November 28 and were traveling in a blue Toyota 4Runner. Anyone that may have seen Huntsman or Curiel during this time period is asked to call the Redding Police Department.
NBC News reported Tuesday that Huntsman is believed to be related to Wayne Allen Huntsman, who was indicted in December 2014 for allegedly starting the devastating "King Fire" near Pollock Pines. The fire burned nearly 100,000 acres, 12 homes and 68 other structures in the fall of 2014.
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