MESA, Ariz. (January 19, 2016) — Police in a Phoenix suburb say they’re investigating a child-abuse case that “shocks the soul.” A 3-year-old malnourished girl was bound with duct tape, kept in a closet and allegedly offered for sex by a man babysitting the child.
Mesa police say the girl’s mother, Mayra Solis, 22, and the mother’s friend, Fransisco Javier Rios-Covarrubias, 30, have been arrested.
Police told FOX10 that Solis would leave her daughter at the home of Rios-Covarrubias during the day when she went to work. He would then allegedly put the girl in a closet for up to several days at a time. According to FOX10, the child was found by police after Rios-Covarrubias invited a man he met online to his home and he offered the girl up for sex. When police arrived, she was in a trash bag, covered in feces, duct taped, and hidden in a closet.
Police also say the mother allegedly shaved her daughter’s head to get money by claiming the girl had cancer.
The girl was hospitalized in fair condition and placed in temporary state custody.
Police say Rios-Covarrubias was arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking and other crimes, while Solis was arrested on suspicion of child abuse.