father of a 4-year-old girl was charged today with her death over the
weekend in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s
Charles Richard Lee (dob 4/15/95) was charged in case BA473340 with
one count of assault on a child causing death. He is scheduled to be
arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
Deputy District Attorney Colby Cano of the Complex Child Abuse Section, Family Violence Division, is prosecuting the case.
Prosecutors said the victim was dropped off at her father’s home in
the 1500 block of East 42nd Street several weeks ago. Over the course of
that time, Lee allegedly physically abused her.
On Dec. 2, paramedics responded to the home where they found the girl unresponsive and took her to a nearby hospital.
If convicted as charged, Lee faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Rhiannon Dee Whitney was sentenced Monday, October 1, 2018 by Judge Teresa Godoy to serve 14 years in prison with the Arizona Department of Corrections for her convictions of Child Abuse, including a count involving Abuse Likely to Cause Death or Serious Physical Injury.
Between September 20 and 27, 2013, Whitney had care and custody of two year old S.M.
Whitney was watching S.M. for her biological mother and another 4year old child at the time of these offenses. On September 28,2013, the four year old’s mother called 911 to report S.M.’s condition which she observed when she came to Whitney’s house to pick up her son.
S.M. had significant facial trauma and was covered in bruises almost from head to toe. Tucson Police officers responded to Whitney’s house and, despite Whitney initially denying there was a two-year-old girl in the house, officers found S.M. standing in the corner of the dry bathtub and rushed her to the hospital.
Whitney was convicted of committing child abuse by failing to seek medical attention for S.M.
Kimery Jorg (D.O.B. 05-16-1960) was sentenced today to 20 years in the Department of Corrections with lifetime probation upon release after pleading guilty to four counts of child abuse involving her adopted daughters the day before her trial was set to begin.
“This sentencing is the result of years of work by law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure a just result came from the horrific acts perpetrated upon these victims by the very people who were supposed to care for them,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
On May 30, 2014 officers were called to the home of Kimery and Johann Jorg after child protective services found two girls in the home, an 11-year-old and 13-year-old, were being abused through inhumane punishments including starvation, beatings with a wood paddle, running barefoot for several hours a day and forcing them to sleep outside in just a diaper despite the temperate.
Both Kimery and Johann Jorg admitted to investigators that they took part in harsh punishments for the girls and said that the girls needed the punishment for their bad behaviors and rule breaking. Detectives found that Kimery devised most of the punishments. She also kept a detailed list of the punishments and had notes throughout the house indicating what punishments were still owed by the children.
Johann Jorg pled guilty to two counts of child abuse and was sentenced on April 16, 2015 to 14 years in the Department of Corrections.
PHOENIX— Francisco Covarrubias (D.O.B. 08-12-1985) was sentenced today to 35 years in the Department of Corrections and lifetime probation upon release, after pleading guilty to three counts of attempted child abuse and two counts of kidnapping.
“When an adult causes harm to a child like this, violating both the trust and innocence of a child, they must be held accountable for their depraved actions,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “This Office is committed to aggressively prosecuting offenders who abuse the most innocent and defenseless among us, ensuring they are sent to prison where they belong.”
On January 18, 2016 officers received reports that a 3-year-old girl was being severely abused by her caretaker and he was possibly offering the young child to other men to sexually abuse. Once officers located the Mesa apartment where the girl was seen, they found Covarrubias inside the apartment but no sign of the little girl.
The defendant finally admitted to officers the victim was being kept in a closet. They discovered the young girl on the floor of a hallway closet inside of a trash bag that had been pulled up to the top of her head. Once officers freed her from the trash bag they found that she had tape over her mouth and tape bounding her wrists and ankles. She had multiple bruises and injuries and had obviously been left in a heavily soiled diaper for some time.
The little girl was taken to a nearby hospital where she was found to be malnourished and dehydrated. She also had extensive injuries related to being left in soiled diapers and possibly sexual abuse. She was not able to communicate and could barely stand.
Covarrubias admitted to placing the victim in the trash bag so her soiled diaper would not get on his apartment floor. He also said he kept her bound in the closet, so she would not get out when he had company over and when he left her alone for hours while he was at work. He said the child’s mother had been a previous co-worker and he had been watching the child off and on for her for a couple of months.