Five little ones in Barstow documented to police that they have been tortured by their aunt and uncle in Rialto, and on Wednesday, the few was arrested, in accordance to the Rialto Police Department.
The alleged abuse was documented to Rialto law enforcement in January just after it surfaced in an August 2021 investigation by the Barstow Law enforcement Division, Rialto law enforcement said in a information release.
The 5 minors, who array in age from 11 to 17, lived with their aunt and uncle in the 1000 block of East Jackson Street in Rialto for four several years — 2017 to 2021 — during which time they were subjected to “various sorts of physical abuse and torture which includes branding, strangulation, and remaining shot with pellet guns,” police stated.
At the time they moved to Barstow to are living with a different relative very last 12 months, their new guardian described the alleged abuse to Barstow police, which then contacted Rialto police, in accordance to Cpl. Nic Parcher of the RPD.
Scarring and other physical proof corroborated the children’s accounts, law enforcement included, and Jessica Salas-Ruiz, 26, and Fernando Inzunza, 36, had been arrested on Wednesday.
Salas-Ruiz and Inzunza have been booked into the West Valley Detention Center on a number of counts of corporal punishment of a boy or girl, with Inzunza going through an supplemental charge of torture, police explained.
Inzunza is staying held in lieu of $750,000 and was because of to appear in Rancho Excellent Courtroom on May well 31, in accordance to jail records.
Salas-Ruiz did not surface in a look for of jail data, nevertheless police claimed her bail has also been set at $750,000.
Any individual with details about the couple or the kids, such as family members members, buddies, academics and others, is requested to call Lt. James Mills at 909-820-2632.
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