A man and a woman have been arrested after what police called ‘the worst case of abuse they have ever seen’.
Police were called to an address after a three-year-old girl was found dumped in a rubbish bag inside a wardrobe with her hands, legs and mouth duct-taped. She was severely malnourished and was surrounded by faeces. More after the cut…
Cops arrested her mother Mayra Yomali Solis and Fransico Rios-Covarrubias, who had been babysitting the girl while her homeless mother went to work in Mesa, Arizona. They were tipped off after a man went to Rios-Covarrubias’ house for sex after meeting him online, when he noticed a bad smell and discovered the child in the closet.
When the man found the baby, Rios-Covarrubias asked if he wanted to have sex with her. The man then told police, who found the abused girl in the ‘worst’ state they’d seen.
John Meza, Chief of Mesa Police, said the case was a “shock to the soul”. “This is just one of those cases that just shocks the soul. “The suspect wanted to have sex with other people and said he put the child in the closet because she was too loud.” “Neglect so harsh she could not stand on her own.”
Police told how Solis was leaving her child with Rios-Covarrubias, popping in to see her just once a week. In another incident she had shaved the girl’s head and invented that she had cancer, to try and make money from wellwishers.
Meza said: “It brings to light the efforts we need to continue on sex trafficking. “It’s a problem that exists. “In this case, it was a combination of just evilness but also the fact that the suspect had offered up this child to the person who called to have sex with.”
Rios-Covarrubias was booked into jail on charges of sex trafficking, kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor, along with child abuse. Solis was arrested on child abuse charges.