February 11, 2023

USA: 2 Foster Moms 69-year-old 51-year-old Arrested In Rialto, CA For Torturing And Abusing A Foster Child In Their Care Since The Boy Was Just 6-months-old

FOX 11 Los Angeles published January 29, 2023: 2 arrested for torture and abuse in Rialto. The abuse allegedly started when the boy was just 6-months-old.

Fox11 News, Los Angeles local
written by Alexa Mae Asperin
Thursday January 26, 2023

RIALTO, Calif - Two women accused of torturing a Rialto boy for years starting when he was just 6-months-old have been arrested, according to police.

The suspects, 69-year-old Juanita Shorty and 51-year-old Leonora Harrell, are accused of the physical and emotional abuse of the now-12-year-old victim, officials said. The abuse occurred over several years while the victim was a baby and in Shorty's care, according to authorities.

Forensic interviews with the boy led to the discovery that he had been subjected to various forms of physical abuse and torture including being burned by hot water, being hit on the head resulting in scars, and being threatened with a firearm, detectives said. Police also say he was threatened with a firearm.

Neighbors say the two women are foster homes and they have seen kids running in and out of the house. Some neighbors say they've heard screaming coming from the house, but haven't witnessed any torture.

Meanwhile, neighbors also told FOX 11 that they aren't surprised the women were arrested.

Shorty and Harrell each were booked into the West Valley Detention Center and are being held on $1 million bail.

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