Left: Craig; right: DeanaTwo women in Salinas, California have thankfully been arrested after it was discovered that they allegedly starved three children to "concentration camp" proportions. Former correctional officer Eraca Dwan Craig, 31, and her domestic partner, Christian Jessica Deana, 44, reportedly went "months" with giving their children very little food, and they even allegedly went as far as to chain one of the little girls to the floor via a collar around her neck so she couldn't get anything to eat. The children, two boys ages 3 and 5 years old, and a girl aged 8, also exhibited bruises and signs of other physical abuse. The children, two of which were adopted, have been taken into protective custody, and the women were booked on a slew of charges, including felony child cruelty and false imprisonment.
"It was a particularly heinous case," the Monterey County Sheriff said. "It seems that the little girl was the major target of this abuse."
To call this disturbing, upsetting, and confusing is an understatement. It's hard to wrap one's mind around why, and how, people could be this unusually cruel to children. Clearly, these women are very sick if they did in fact do this, and it's a blessing that these poor kids were taken out of their "care." And, ironically, it was Craig and Deana's horrible parenting, if you can call it that, that led to their arrest.
Apparently, authorities grew suspicious when two of the kids missed unspecified appointments. And thank goodness these women were neglectful in keeping up with the kids' schedules, because, according to reports, it looked like they were getting ready to move the family away. These terrorized children were saved just in the nick of time.
Again, it's truly difficult to understand how or why people could do this to children (and why or how they adopted?!). It's nauseating and troubling on so many levels. I guess the important thing is that the children are safe now. Let's hope that they are put in the care of someone who will love them and raise them in a way that every child deserves.
And let's hope these women, if convicted, never see children, or the light of day, again.
What do you think should happen to these women?