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Grandmother, aunt, uncle accused of tying up 6-year-old girl as punishment for taking food appear in court

September 18th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to a report by the Bristol Herald Courier, three family members accused of tying up a 6-year-old and leaving her hungry in a back room for days at a time as punishment for taking food appeared in court Thursday. The grandmother wept, her wide-eyed daughter grinned and her son nodded his head and shook his legs.

The girl’s grandmother, Elsie Reyes, 46, and her aunt, Virginia Ramos, 20, each charged with abuse and neglect, waived their rights to a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The girl’s uncle, Roberto Leiva Jr., 22, is charged as an accessory, although police now say his charge will likely be upgraded to match the charges facing his mother and sister. His attorney has asked that Leiva  go through a mental evaluation.

The girl and her 4-year-old brother moved in with their grandmother when their mother, Sindia Vargas, 27, began serving three years in a South Carolina prison for a cocaine trafficking conviction. Their father, David Jiles, is in a Virginia prison on drug convictions.

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