Prosecutors add lewd conduct claims to tortured kids case
FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have added four charges of lewd conduct against a father accused of torturing his children in a Northern California home where prosecutors say 10 children lived in filth and neglect.
The charges against the 29-year-old man were filed Thursday as he and his 31-year-old wife appeared jointly in Solano County Superior Court.
The father faces nine counts of felony child abuse, seven counts of felony torture and four counts of lewd conduct on a child under 14.
The mother faces nine counts of felony child abuse and one count of child neglect involving all 10 children. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say the children were punched, kicked, strangled, shot with a BB gun and subjected to waterboarding by their father, while their mother did nothing to stop it.
The Associated Press is not naming the parents to protect the identity of the children, in line with AP’s policy to avoid identifying victims of alleged sexual abuse.