MESA, Ariz. – A man and a woman are facing serious charges after a 3-year-old little girl was found in a trash bag and bound with duct tape.
“This is one of those cases that just shocks the soul,” said Chief John Meza, with the Mesa Police Department.
Police say the child was discovered by a man who met the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Fransisco Javier Rios-Covarrubias, online.
After police were called, they allegedly found the child in a trash bag with duct tape around her mouth, hands, arms and legs. Authorities say she was only wearing a diaper and a t-shirt and was “covered in feces.”
“The child was forensically examined and many bruises, scratches and blisters were observed on her body,” Meza said. “The level of neglect was so harsh, she couldn’t stand on her own.”
Officers eventually found the girl’s mother, who admitted to leaving the child with Rios-Covarrubias, adding that she only saw her about one day a week.
The mother, Mayra Yomali Solis, also told police that she shaved the girl’s head and told people the child had cancer to get money.
Solis is now facing child abuse charges. Rios-Covarrubias is facing charges of sex trafficking, kidnapping, sex conduct with a minor and child abuse.