Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 42 / 19 October 2017
 

Salinas women sentenced to prison in child abuse case

A female Salinas couple convicted of starving and abusing their three children were recently sentenced to state prison, according to media reports.

Christian Jessica Deanda. Photo: Courtesy Monterey County Sheriff's office

Christian Jessica Deanda.
Photo: Courtesy Monterey County Sheriff’s office

Christian Jessica Deanda was ordered last week to serve a life sentence for torture, along with 13 years and four months for other charges, according to a KRON report that cited Bay City News and prosecutors in the case. Eraca Dawn Craig was ordered to serve 11 years.

Aside from the torture charge, Monterey County jurors in May also found Deanda guilty of one count of child abuse with great bodily injury, eleven counts of child abuse, and three counts of false imprisonment, according to the district attorney’s office.

Craig was convicted of child abuse with great bodily injury, three counts of false imprisonment, and two counts of child endangerment. The sentencing was July 17.

In March 2014, Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the couple’s home for a welfare check after the children – an 8-year-old girl, and two boys, ages 5 and 3 – didn’t arrive at an appointment, the sheriff’s office said.

“The children were starved and one of them had been chained to the floor to keep her from obtaining food,” the sheriff’s office reported. Sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant Keith Wingo said he’d received information that indicated the oldest child had been “especially” malnourished.

Eraca Dawn Craig. Photo: Courtesy Monterey County Sheriff's office

Eraca Dawn Craig.
Photo: Courtesy Monterey County Sheriff’s office

According to details attached to a search warrant and posted on KSBW’s website, the girl said she’d been “chained to a wall with a collar around her neck.” She weighed 40 pounds, her hair had been “shaved off” and she hadn’t been allowed to eat except for oatmeal, the records say.

‘A very nice, quiet young lady’

Attorney Susan Chapman, who represented Craig early in the proceedings, said in an interview last year that her client is “a very nice, quiet young lady who is distraught and concerned for the welfare of the children.”

William Scott Erdbacher, Craig’s most recent attorney, didn’t immediately respond to an interview request today (Wednesday, July 22.)

Deputy Public Defender Jeremy Dzubay, who represented Deanda, also didn’t respond to an interview request.

The trial took three weeks, and jurors deliberated for one day before announcing their verdict, according to the DA’s office.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 22, 2015 @ 1:56 pm PST
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