A judge denied bail Friday afternoon for three Tulare residents accused of torturing and killing a 2-year-old and torturing a 3-year-old, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said.
Edward Lee Dias Jr., 36, Shania Alamillo, 23, and Adriana Alamillo, 27, are charged with murder, assault on a child causing death, two counts of conspiring to commit torture, two counts of torture and two counts of child abuse. Special allegations of the use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury to a child under 5 have also been added, the district attorney’s office said.
The 2-year-old boy died at the hospital after he was brought in Sunday not breathing and without a heartbeat, police said. He is the son of Shania Alamillo, police say.
When the adults were arrested in the 500 block of North Beatrice Drive in Tulare, a 3-year-old girl was also found with injuries consistent with abuse. She is the daughter of Adriana Alamillo. Dias was a roommate and not biologically related to either child, police say. The district attorney’s office would not say whether Shania and Adriana Alamillo are related.
According to court documents, the boy and girl were bound with a rope, gagged and beaten.
In addition, the boy was allegedly forced to kneel with his hands behind his head, struck in the head and deprived of sleep. The girl was deprived of food, documents say. A piece of wood, about a foot and a half long, was allegedly used by Dias and Shania Alamillo during the crimes.
The abuse dates from Feb. 1 to Sunday, when the boy was brought to Tulare Regional Medical Center, according to documents.
A preliminary hearing conference is set for 8:30 a.m. July 28 in Superior Court in Visalia, followed by a preliminary hearing on July 31, the district attorney’s office said.
“Heinous crimes like these are why we created the Crimes against Children Unit in 2013,” District Attorney Tim Ward said in a statement. “A crime against a child is a crime against our community.”
The District Attorney’s Office is currently prosecuting nine child homicide cases.