Two small children were found dead inside a storage unit in Northern California, which was a grisly discovery made during a multi-county child abuse investigation. The children who were found dead during this investigation were siblings only 3 and 6 years of age.
Authorities arrested a 39-year-old woman and a 17-year-old teen when the child abuse investigation led to an injured and starved 9-year-old girl in their Quincy home. That child was transported and admitted to a local hospital. The investigation continued and this is when police were led to a commercial storage unit in Redding containing the bodies of the two small children.
Police booked Tami Joy Huntsman and Gonzalo Curiel of Quincy in the Plumas County Jail. They were charged with felony child abuse, torture and mayhem for the child found alive in their home. Each are held on $1-million bail. The Redding Police Department released a statement regarding the discovery of the remains of the children, according to MSN News on December 15.
The statement conveyed that they were investigating a call about possible child abuse and they discovered the abused 9-year-old girl in the home. “Further investigation ultimately led to the discovery of two deceased juveniles inside of a storage unit in the city of Redding.” The children were siblings, but their relationship to the arrested woman and teen was not revealed. The police are investigating this case as a homicide until the information on the autopsies were released.
The Ottumwa Courier reports today, the bodies of a 6-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl were found in a commercial storage unit in the town of Redding. The home they were investigating was in Quincy, which is a town about 220 miles northeast of San Francisco. Plumas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the girl is in the hospital and her condition is not known. The relationship between Huntsman and Gonzalo is unclear as is their relationship to the three children.
Redding Police Lt. Pete Brindley wouldn’t say whether the two children were killed on site in the storage unit or if they died elsewhere and transported to the location already deceased. No further details were released. The authorities also searched a home where the teen and the woman previously lived in the town of Salinas. What they were looking for and if they found anything was not divulged by authorities.
Elliott Robinson, director of social services for Monterey County said that the 39-year-old and her family had been investigated by social services within the last year. They had investigated after getting reports of general neglect. He didn’t release any further details.