A child abuse investigation that spanned multiple counties in norther California has led to the discovery of the bodies of two children inside a storage unit.
Police arrested 39-year-old Tami Joy Huntsman and 17-year-old Gonzalo Curiel on charges of felony child abuse, torture, and mayhem. Police are treating the case as a homicide, pending the result of autopsies.
Both will also be charged with two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances, which includes murders committed during an act of torture. Those charges could lead to life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
On Friday, a 9-year-old girl suffering from neglect and abuse was found near a house in Quincy, where Huntsman had recently moved. This began an investigation.
Two days later authorities got a call from someone in Monterey County asking about the condition of a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old, who were reported to be in Huntsman’s care. Those two children — Delylah Tara, 3, and Shaun Tara, 6 — were considered missing persons after that report.
Authorities are confident that Delylah and Shaun Tara are the two children that were found in the storage unit, but DNA testing will likely be necessary to confirm the identities.