Man to enter guilty plea in child imprisonment case
CARSON CITY (AP) – One of three Carson City adults charged with abusing two children for years by locking them up and starving them has agreed to enter guilty pleas to two felony counts, according to court documents.
The children’s stepfather, Tomas Granados, 33, is scheduled to enter the pleas Tuesday in Carson City District Court, the documents filed Friday show.
Their mother, Regina Rios, 33, and grandmother, Esther Rios, 56, are scheduled for trial Sept. 12.
“If called, I agree to testify truthfully in any proceedings,” Granados said in the court papers.
Granados, who’s married to Regina Rios, has agreed to plead guilty to child abuse, neglect or endangerment causing substantial bodily harm and to false imprisonment.
He faces two to 20 years in prison on the first count and one to 15 years on the second count. He’s also eligible for probation.
The children told deputies that they were locked in an apartment bathroom and starved over much of the past five years.
When the siblings were found Jan. 19, the 16-year-old girl weighed about 40 pounds and her 11-year-old brother weighed about 30 pounds. The pair continue to recover after being hospitalized.
Deputies were led to the home after someone reported seeing an 8-year-old girl pushing a shopping cart full of food within a block of the sheriff’s office.
It turned out to be the 16-year-old girl, who told deputies she was running away because she had been locked in a bathroom at night or when adults left the apartment.
Investigators said the girl had not attended school since her family moved to Carson City from Los Angeles about 2000.
Granados is accused of allowing the children to be regularly deprived of food and of installing a deadbolt lock on a bathroom where the children were held.
The children’s mother and grandmother have pleaded innocent to felony charges of child abuse, child neglect and false imprisonment.
Three other children in the home, ages 9 to 17, attended school in Carson City and appeared to be healthy.
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