An illegal immigrant allegedly bound a 3-year-old girl with duct tape, stuffed her in a trash bag, put her in a closet of feces and then offered her up for sex from his Arizona apartment.
Police found the abused child in the closet, malnourished and covered in bruises, scars and blisters, after a man who had gone to the apartment for sex tipped them off, reported a Fox affiliate. She was surrounded by feces.
“When officers went in, all they saw was the top of the child’s head in the trash bag,” Mesa Police Chief John Meza told reporters Tuesday. “The child had duct tape over her mouth, around her arms, her hands, and legs.”
Police charged illegal immigrant Francisco Javier Rios Covarrubias Tuesday with kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor, felony child abuse and sex trafficking. He was denied bail because of his illegal status and has been placed on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold, which means he’ll eventually be transferred to federal custody.
Meza said the city is offering resources to the “troubled” officers who discovered the child. “This is just one of those cases that just shocks the soul,” Meza said. “The level of neglect was so harsh she could not stand on her own,” he added.
A man Rios Covarrubia had met online for sex showed up at the apartment Monday morning and noticed a bad odor, then saw the little girl in the closet. Rios Covarrubia allegedly asked the man if he wanted to have sex with her, which upset the man. He left the apartment briefly, but returned and had sex with Rios Covarrubia before calling the police.
Police found her “covered in feces wearing a diaper and T-shirt,” Meza said. They removed the duct tape from her body and took her to the hospital.
Rios Covarrubia confessed to duct taping the child, and told police he put her in the closet because he wanted to have sex with other people and she was too loud.
The little girl’s mother, Mayra Yomali Soli, had been occasionally dropping her off with Rios Covarrubias over the past month, aware the child would be alone while he worked. She had shaved her daughter’s head so she could claim she had cancer while begging people for money.
“That’s some of the sickest stuff that I ever heard in my life,” a neighbor of Rios Covarrubias told the Fox affiliate.
“It makes me sick,” another neighbor said. “It’s a child. It’s a baby. And you think ‘Didn’t the baby scream? Didn’t anybody hear nothing?’ Oh my God. I hope the baby’s fine.”
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