Father and stepmother are accused of ‘torture’ and mayhem ‘after girl, 11, is found dead


Father and stepmother accused of torture after daughter, 11, is found dead, deformed, and ‘robbed of an organ or limb’

  • Authorities responded to a nighttime emergency call and found an 11-year-old girl dead in Contra Costa County, California
  • Rene Diaz, 30, and stepmother Crystal Diaz, 29, are charged with torture, chaos and four counts of child abuse
  • The 11-year-old’s cause of death is still undetermined, but authorities noted that she had been widely abused before her death
  • According to court records, the girl was tortured last November and suffered extreme and cruel pain in the weeks leading up to her death

A California couple has been charged with child abuse after their 11-year-old daughter was tortured to death, maimed and “robbed of a limb or organ.”

The child’s father, Rene Diaz, and stepmother Crystal Diaz, have been charged with four charges of child abuse, torture and mayhem after she was found dead when they called emergency services to their home in Rodeo, California at 3:30 a.m. on March 23.

Mentioned as Jane Doe in court documents due to her age, the child has allegedly been abused by the couple since November, according to Mercury News

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

Court records allege that the parents had abused the 11-year-old from March 9 to March 23 with the intention of causing “cruel and extreme pain and suffering for the purpose of revenge, extortion, persuasion and for a sadistic purpose.”

It is claimed that during the same period the girl was also “permanently disabled and deformed and deprived of a limb, organ and body part.”

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl (Photo file)

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl (Photo file)

Investigators also reportedly found specific evidence of abuse on Nov. 27, 2020, leading to the four counts of child abuse.

Both parents are being held in the Contra Costa County Jail with $ 1.4 million bail each and can face life sentences if convicted.

They must appear in court again on May 24.