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mysteriew
01-22-2006, 02:44 AM
A girl's story of being locked in a bathroom with her brother and starved for years has resulted in felony child neglect and false imprisonment charges being filed against their mother, grandmother and the mother's boyfriend.

In jailhouse Justice Court proceedings Friday, following their arrests Thursday, Regina Rios, 33, Tomas Granados, 33, and Esther Rios, 56, had bail set at $100,000 apiece and got court-appointed lawyers.

The 16-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother, who both appeared to be half their ages, were hospitalized.

Three other children, who appeared to be healthy, were placed in child protective custody.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Jan-21-Sat-2006/news/5465994.html

Taximom
01-22-2006, 03:13 AM
OK, these kids were old enough to be in school. Why isn't the school reporting a 16 yr old girl that weighs 41 lbs? And what about the rest of the family???!!!:furious:

All of the schools my children go to require a signed physical from a doctor or they'll be kicked out. I'm starting to think that this should be a federal law. Maybe it would help identify these poor, poor children before it's too late. Then I suppose they would be kept home from school to get around that law.....argh.

What a brave young lady she is:Sheriff's Sgt. Bob White told the Appeal that when the girl's grandmother opened the locked bathroom door, the girl "pushed her inside and locked the deadbolt" and fled.

That reminded me of Hansel and Gretl where they pushed the witch into the oven.:furious: :furious:

mysteriew
01-22-2006, 03:21 AM
TaxiMom, according to the article the family had moved to their current address 5 years ago, and there were no records of the boy and girl being in a local school for several years.
Does this sound familiar? Parents said she was mentally handicapped and anorexic. But, the way she was found she was out stealing food!

Taximom
01-22-2006, 03:43 AM
TaxiMom, according to the article the family had moved to their current address 5 years ago, and there were no records of the boy and girl being in a local school for several years.
Does this sound familiar? Parents said she was mentally handicapped and anorexic. But, the way she was found she was out stealing food!:p Guilty of skimming here!

This just has to stop. I don't know how, and I don't like the government all up in my personal life, but something has to be done to keep this from happening!

And mysteriew, if someone posts an updated article saying CPS was involved and nobody there thought anything was wrong....I'll explode!!! Just lock me up now!:behindbar

aussiegran
01-22-2006, 03:23 PM
:furious: :furious: what a trio of low lifes.How will these kids ever get over being treated like this for so long .I wonder if they were the mothers children and this was their step father.

mysteriew
01-23-2006, 08:14 AM
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says he's amazed by the survival of two emaciated children who say they were locked in an apartment bathroom and starved for the past five years.

When the siblings were found Thursday, the 16-year-old girl weighed about 40 pounds, and her 11-year-old brother weighed about 30 pounds. The pair were in stable condition Sunday at a hospital, while their grandmother, mother and the mother's boyfriend were in jail.

Three other children in the home, ages 9 to 17, attended school in Carson City. They were placed in the custody of social services workers and appeared to be healthy.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/3605022.html

Linda7NJ
01-23-2006, 08:47 AM
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says he's amazed by the survival of two emaciated children who say they were locked in an apartment bathroom and starved for the past five years.

When the siblings were found Thursday, the 16-year-old girl weighed about 40 pounds, and her 11-year-old brother weighed about 30 pounds. The pair were in stable condition Sunday at a hospital, while their grandmother, mother and the mother's boyfriend were in jail.

Three other children in the home, ages 9 to 17, attended school in Carson City. They were placed in the custody of social services workers and appeared to be healthy.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/3605022.html
No matter how hard I try I can not imagine what these children look like:confused:

I hope these perps ROT. This is a crime against humanity and the DP seems appropriate to me.

nanandjim
01-23-2006, 09:07 AM
IDIOTS!! I hope to hell that they spend the rest of their lives in prison.

Tranaice
01-23-2006, 10:32 AM
I don't understand why one of the other 3 children didn't say anything. How could you let someone live in the bathroom, locked up and starving to death without telling????? So sad. Stuff like this makes my blood boil..... :furious:

shdbepaintin
01-23-2006, 10:39 AM
I don't understand how three adults and three kids can agree to do this
to two of their family members. How do you get all to go along with this.
How is it that a mother or grandmother can treat two children so bad and evidently treat three others normally.
This is beyond imagination.
My heart aches and my blood boils.

mysteriew
01-25-2006, 09:59 AM
A girl found starving last week in Carson City had run away from home in 2001, but she was returned to her family after telling a deputy she had been grounded.

"Nothing in the 2001 report indicates she was abused or being held captive," said Sheriff Kenny Furlong, who took office eight months after the May 19, 2001, incident. "But we are looking at that specific event to determine whether or not anything could have been done to have prevented the outcome."

Despite the family's assertion that the boy lived in Los Angeles, he was found severely malnourished and hidden underneath a bed at the family's Como Street apartment. The two children were admitted to the pediatric unit of Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center and are listed in stable condition. Three other healthy children in the home, ages 9, 12, and 17, were placed in the custody of the state.

The children's mother, Regina Rios, 33; grandmother Esther Rios, 56; and stepfather, Tomas Granados, 33, are being held on suspicion of felony child abuse and false imprisonment.

The report indicates the girl weighed 85 pounds when she spoke with the deputy nearly five years ago.

When she was discovered Thursday she weighed 41 pounds and stood 4 feet 1 inch tall. Her brother weighed 31 pounds and stood 3 feet 2.5 inches tall.
http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20060125/NEWS/101250027

Taximom
01-25-2006, 10:53 PM
Are these all the mother's children or are some the boyfriend's? She's only 33 and has a 17 yr old, plus all these other children?

I think I would have locked MYSELF in the bathroom.

I can't help but look at my 6 yr old that weighs about 48 lbs and think of that 16 yr old girl.

Bobbisangel
01-25-2006, 11:13 PM
I don't understand how three adults and three kids can agree to do this
to two of their family members. How do you get all to go along with this.
How is it that a mother or grandmother can treat two children so bad and evidently treat three others normally.
This is beyond imagination.
My heart aches and my blood boils.




It's beyond my understanding. How could a grandmother allow her grandchildren to be treated like that? I wonder why the other kids didn't tell a school counselor or teacher? Maybe they were afraid that the same thing would happen to them. Still, what a horrible way for all of them to treat these two kids.

I hope all of the adults get a long prison term and that the children are never returned to them. Those two kids will probably never grow to normal height...so sad for them.

Researcher
01-26-2006, 12:02 AM
IDIOTS!! I hope to hell that they spend the rest of their lives in prison.The hell with prison. Build a very small windowless all stark white tile bathroom and lock 'em in there with only a blanket and feed them ocassional gruel. Scummy little buggers.

mysteriew
01-26-2006, 09:01 AM
Photos of evidence in a starvation case involving two Carson City children were broadcast by Sacramento and Reno television stations when the pictures were accidentally released by the Carson City Sheriff's Department.

Photographs of the children were not on the disk.

News10 reporter George Warren said he expected to find police mugshots of suspects Regina Rios, Tomas Granados and Esther Rios when he collected the disk from the front counter of the sheriff's department.

Instead, the disk held photographs of the apartment's interior taken during a search. The disk with evidence photos had been copied by a technician. His supervisors thought he was making a copy of the disk with mug shots.

The evidence photos show two worn blankets believed to be the only bedding used by the 16-year-old and 11-year-old victims, a bowl on the sink which held two spoons and the remnants of dried food, and a well-stocked refrigerator with a drawer full of bologna.
http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20060125/NEWS/101250028

Linda7NJ
01-26-2006, 09:13 AM
Here's the news report video with evidence photos

http://www.news10.net/storyfull2.aspx?storyid=15508

Linda7NJ
01-26-2006, 09:43 AM
Here's the news report video with evidence photos

http://www.news10.net/storyfull2.aspx?storyid=15508
The photo's really make me livid!

These people threw parties, Super Bowl & Bar-B-Ques and had invited everyone on their street! They told neighbors they had 5 kids but that two lived elsewhere with relatives.

mysteriew
01-26-2006, 09:50 AM
What got me was the well stocked refrigerator. This wasn't a case of people too poor to buy food! Or even too lazy to prepare food! This was a case of three adults in a household absolutely refusing to give food to those two kids!
Again, this is a household that has other children, and the other children appear to be ok.
One thing I did notice. The girl says she has been locked up for about 5 years. LE has found a report that she was located after running away in 2001. She told LE at that time that she was mad because her mother grounded her. So that would mean that if the imprisonment hadn't started as yet, it probably started soon after she ran away.

Floh
01-26-2006, 10:01 AM
Systematic torture! :furious:

Taximom
01-28-2006, 02:08 AM
http://www.nevadaappeal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006101270079
Months after renting apartment, mother of starvation victims told manager two kids had moved to L.A.

SewingDeb
01-28-2006, 11:57 PM
Taximom, did you notice that none of the children were enrolled in school until the LL called truant officers.

Taximom
01-29-2006, 12:40 AM
Taximom, did you notice that none of the children were enrolled in school until the LL called truant officers.
YES! It's so unbelievable how these people planned this out and were able to keep these children hidden even from repairmen etc. This proves to me that they KNEW what they were doing was wrong.

Eye for an eye here. Lock 'em up in the bathroom and slide the single baloney slice under the door once per day. (and no running water either):behindbar

SewingDeb
01-29-2006, 12:48 AM
Sounds fair to me.

aussiegran
04-05-2006, 03:57 PM
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A judge on Tuesday scheduled a trial starting Sept. 19 for the mother, stepfather and grandmother of two children on felony charges of abusing the children for years by locking them up and starving them.
District Judge Bill Maddox scheduled the trial for Esther Rios, 56, Regina Rios, 33, and her husband, Tomas Granados, 33, on six counts apiece. They're to be tried together, although Regina Rios' lawyer indicated he may seek a separate trial for his client.
The three had been bound over for trial by a justice court judge who compared the two children to Nazi death camp survivors. Investigators and doctors who testified in earlier proceedings described the case as one of the worst child abuse cases they've seen.
Dr. Kathi Amrhein, who treated the 16-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother, has said the children suffered possibly irreversible health problems as a result of the deprivation.
The 4-foot-tall girl weighed about 40 pounds when she fled from her home and was found by sheriff's deputies, thanks to a tip from a woman who saw her on the street Jan. 19. The 3-foot-tall boy weighed 31 pounds.
While the children have since gained weight, Amrhein said it "would be a miracle" if the girl is able to get to near-normal height even with growth hormone treatments. Amrhein added the boy's legs and feet were deformed due to the prolonged confinement in a bathroom in the family's apartment, and the girl was scarred from beatings the girl said her grandmother gave her.
http://www.ksat.com/news/8479378/detail.html
:behindbar Hope they get put away for a long time.

Opie
04-05-2006, 11:37 PM
Forever sounds like about the right amount of time for these so-called people to be locked up. I just cannot comprehend how anyone could treat another human like this (nor even an animal).

Linda7NJ
04-06-2006, 03:22 PM
Charges of "abusing children" hardly seems fitting. It seems to me they should be charged with CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY and face the death penalty!

Belinda
07-23-2010, 02:04 PM
Esther Rios

Guilty Plea
Location: Florence McClure Womens Correctional Center
Sentence Date: 11/29/2006

Offense: 2 counts False Imprisonment
Sentence: 6 years - 15 years each count - Consecutive

Offense: 2 counts Child Abuse - Serious Bodily Harm
Sentence: 8 years - 20 years each count - Consecutive

Total Imprisonment: 34 years - 70 years
Projected Release Date: Unknown

Regina Rios

Guilty Plea
Location: Florence McClure Womens Correctional Center
Sentence Date: 11/29/2006

Offense: 1 count False Imprisonment
Sentence: 6 years - 15 years

Offense: 2 counts Child Abuse - Serious Bodily Harm
Sentence: 8 years - 20 years each count - Consecutive

Total Imprisonment: 22 years - 55 years
Projected Release Date: Unknown

Tomas Granados

Guilty Plea
Location: Lovelock Correctional Center
Sentence Date: 11/29/2006

Offense: 1 count False Imprisonment
Sentence: 6 years - 15 years

Offense: 1 count Child Abuse - Serious Bodily Harm
Sentence: 8 years - 20 years - Consecutive

Total Imprisonment: 14 years - 35 years
Projected Release Date: Unknown

Belinda
07-23-2010, 02:06 PM
Thursday, November 30, 2006

CARSON CITY - Six inches taller and twice the weight she was when she escaped the confines of her family's Como Street apartment nearly a year ago, a Carson City girl asked a judge Wednesday to lock her grandmother up until she was 85 years old.

"Because of you, instead of driving a car, going out on dates, looking and feeling like a regular teenager, I am now a 17-year-old in fourth grade, learning what I should have learned a long time ago," the 98-pound Jasmine said breathlessly but unflinchingly to her grandmother, Esther Rios, 57. "I am 4 feet, 6 inches tall. I still can't walk or run right. My teeth are badly damaged. I need glasses now. I really don't know who I am or where I belong because of you."

snip

On Wednesday, looking like a 7-year-old, a now 12-year-old David was dressed smartly in a suit and tie, with glasses resting on his nose. He took the stand for the first time and spoke directly to his mother and grandmother.

"Grandmother, why did you lock me up? Why did you beat me and my sister and make (another sister) bust open my head? You didn't feed me for three days. You were mean to me and my sister," the 4-foot-tall boy said as he glared at Esther Rios. "I should be in sixth grade, but I'm in third because you wouldn't let me go to school. I'm short because you wouldn't feed me. I can never see mommy again because of what you did."

Nearly a year later, David has gained 14 pounds and is able to walk. A speech impediment, making his speech hard to decipher 316 days ago, was barely noticeable after months of therapy.

Much more at link:
http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20061130/NEWS/111300055

reen
07-23-2010, 03:42 PM
UGHHHHH, the children's testimony had me in tears. I hope they can continue to get the support they need to work toward a normal existence. Soooooo sad.

LadyL
07-24-2010, 09:47 PM
they really seemed to hate the grandmother yet their mother & her b/f were convicted of the same charges ... makes me wonder

and why those two and not the rest of the kids? weird case ...

it's been almost five years since the trial - they would be close to 22 and 17 now
I hope they've been able to make even more progress and I hope life blesses them with bright, happy futures

jjenny
07-24-2010, 11:21 PM
they really seemed to hate the grandmother yet their mother & her b/f were convicted of the same charges ... makes me wonder

and why those two and not the rest of the kids? weird case ...

it's been almost five years since the trial - they would be close to 22 and 17 now
I hope they've been able to make even more progress and I hope life blesses them with bright, happy futures

The mother and the stepfather are adults, and thus responsible for the welfare of the children/stepchildren, so why would that be surprising?
None of them looks like they were missing a meal.

Belinda
07-25-2010, 04:16 AM
they really seemed to hate the grandmother yet their mother & her b/f were convicted of the same charges ... makes me wonder

and why those two and not the rest of the kids? weird case ...

it's been almost five years since the trial - they would be close to 22 and 17 now
I hope they've been able to make even more progress and I hope life blesses them with bright, happy futures

According to the kids, the mother and stepfather were acting under orders from the grandmother. They were prosecuted accordingly, but the children place the most blame on the grandmother as the ringleader.