Father accused of child abuse picked up by GPD
Guam - it was last week we brought you the disturbing details of a mother and father who reportedly starved their children, boarded them up inside their house, and forced them to urinate in cup. Now, there are more details as law enforcement apprehended the father over the weekend.
After being wanted by law enforcement for the last week, 38-year-old Sterling Alika Crisostomo was served with a court summons by Superior Court marshals Sunday morning before he was turned over to the Guam Police Department.
According to GPD spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, officers from the Hagatna Precinct picked up Crisostomo at toto gardens where he was turned over to detectives following allegations of child abuse.
As we previously reported, Sterling's wife, Leialoha Darling Camacho Crisostomo, was arrested last week charged with child abuse as a third degree felony. Court documents state David Camacho Jr. reported the incidents to Dededo Precinct after Sterling and Leialoha's eldest daughter called off-island family allegedly asking them for food and also informed them that she was not allowed to leave her room. Camacho also heard from friends that sterling boarded up their house and forced the children to urinate in cups because he did not want them to leave the room. Earlier this year the couple were also reported to CPS because they were evicted from their Tumon apartment and forced to sleep in their car for three weeks with their children who were unclean, hungry, and exhausted.
When interviewed by police, Leialoha admitted that she and her husband were drug users and confirmed the information as provided by her 14-year-old daughter. Leialoha was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond and was ordered to stay away from her husband and children.
As for Sterling, he was arrested for seven counts of child abuse and family violence. In a separate case he is also charged with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct, assault, and jurisdiction over an adult. Sterling will appear before a magistrate's judge on Tuesday.