Police: Children in storage unit died of 'ongoing physical abuse'

Dec 17, 2015 5:17 PM by News Staff

Salinas police said Thursday that two children found dead in a Redding storage locker died from “ongoing physical abuse.”

Tami Huntsman, 39, and Gonzalo Curiel, 17, will be charged with murder in connection with the two children found dead in Redding, the Monterey County District Attorney announced during a news conference Thursday.

They will both be charged with two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances. The special circumstances being that the murders were committed during torture.

Authorities say Huntsman and Curiel left their home in Salinas on November 27 and stopped in in Redding, Shingletown and finally Quincy. The charges carry the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty, the Monterey County District Attorney said.

In Quincy, Huntsman and Curiel were staying with a friend and were contacted by authorities investigating reports of a neglected child last Friday.

Investigators found a 9-year-old girl suffering from neglect and abuse, and later, two small children dead in the Redding storage unit.

Both suspects were arrested and remain in custody in lieu of $1 million bail.

Redding police say 3-year-old Delylah Tara and 6-year-old Shaun Tara were in Huntsman’s custody, and have not been seen in at least two weeks.


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