Father and stepmother are charged with torture after daughter, 11, is found dead, disfigured and ‘deprived of an organ or a limb’

  • Authorities responded to a late-night 911 call and found an 11-year-old girl dead in Contra Costa County, California
  • Rene Diaz, 30, and stepmom Crystal Diaz, 29, are charged with torture, mayhem, and four counts of child abuse
  • The 11-year-old’s cause of death is still undetermined, but authorities noted she had been extensively abused before her death
  • Court records allege the girl was tortured last November, and suffered extreme and cruel pain in the weeks ahead of her death 
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A California couple has been charged with child abuse after their 11-year-old daughter was found tortured to death, disfigured and ‘deprived of a limb or organ’.

The child’s father, Rene Diaz, and stepmother Crystal Diaz, have been charged with four counts of child abuse, torture, and mayhem after she was found dead when they called 911 to their home in Rodeo, California on March 23 at 3.30am. 

Listed as Jane Doe in court documents because of her age, the child had allegedly been abused by the couple since November, according to Mercury News.   

Rene Diaz, 30, and Crystal Diaz, 29, have not been charged directly in relation to her death. The Contra Costa Sheriff’s department is still investigating the child’s cause of death. 

Court records allege the parents had abused the 11-year-old from March 9 to March 23 with ‘intent to cause cruel and extreme pain and suffering for the purpose of revenge, extortion, persuasion and for a sadistic purpose.’

It’s alleged that the girl also ‘suffered permanent disability and disfigurement and deprivation of a limb, organ and body member’ during the same period. 

Contra Costa County Sheriff's office is investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl (File photo)

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s office is investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl (File photo)

Investigators also allegedly found specific evidence of abuse occurring on November 27, 2020, leading to the four counts of child abuse.

Both parents are being held in the Contra Costa County Jail on a $1.4 million bond each and face potential life sentences if convicted. 

They are due back in court on May 24.  

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