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Horrifying case details accusations of child abuse

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - According to numbers from Child Protective Services, last year more than 2,700 children were suspected of being abused or neglected. When you break that down that's a little over seven children a day being abused in Guam.   

33-year-old Leialoha Darling Camacho Crisostomo and 38-year-old Sterling Crisostomo have been charged with child abuse as a 3rd degree felony. According to court documents a report of child abuse was made to the Dededo Precinct last Friday. David Camacho, Jr. made the report and told the police that he had received call from his mother and sister that lived off island concerning sterling and Leialoha's children who live on Guam.

Camacho told police that the eldest daughter of the defendants called his mother and sister long distance asking for food and "they would eat it spoiled because they were hungry". This wasn't the first time however that Camacho said he had called the police about the children.  He said he had even called Child Protective Services and filed a complaint with the police on August 1 because the eldest daughter was not allowed to leave her room. Camacho also told police that he was told by friends that sterling would allegedly board up the house and force the children to urinate in cups because he did not want them to leave the room. Even before that, Camacho said he called in late-July to report to CPS that sterling and Leialoha were evicted from their apartment in Tumon and they along with their children slept out of a car for three weeks. He said the children were unclean, hungry and exhausted.  He also alleged the parents were drug users.  Court documents state that the Crisostomo's eldest child, 14-years-old, confirmed they were forced to sleep in a car for an entire week. She also told police that sterling allegedly forced everyone to stay indoors and away from the windows "or else its going to blow up". She added sterling blocked the doors with shelves and boxes and would not let her  use the bathroom and instead made her pee in a cup.  As for Leialoha the 14-year-old said she knew what was happening but didn't want to call the police. When Leialoha was interviewed she admitted that she and sterling were drug users and according to court documents confirmed he boarded up the house and kept everyone from going outside. She also confirmed the children were forced to urinate in a cup.

Leialoha appeared before Superior Court Judge James Canto over the weekend. He released her on a $5,000 unsecured bond. She was ordered to stay away from sterling as well as the victims in the case.  She is next scheduled to appear in court on September 19 for a preliminary hearing. Meanwhile  a summons to appear was issued for Sterling.
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