Court Records: Children Were in `Living Nightmare'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The bathroom of the Dallas hotel was like a prison cell - a cramped, foul space where three young children were starved, beaten and sexually assaulted for at least nine months.

The toilet didn't work. The bathtub was a place to sleep. Meals were rare, and the two oldest children withered from a once-healthy 90 pounds to less than 60 pounds.

Each day for reasons unknown, their mother's boyfriend would force the 10-year-old boy to stand in the corner with his arms raised above his head; his 5-year-old half brother had to kneel in another corner, arms also raised.

The disturbing details emerge in court records that tell the horrific story of the torture borne by the two boys and their 11-year-old half sister, all of whom have different fathers. The children were found July 2 after their mother, Abneris Santiago, called a relative to say she feared for her own life and those of her children.

The mother's boyfriend, Alfred Santiago, remains in Dallas County's jail on charges of aggravated sexual assault and continuous sexual abuse. Bond is set at $125,000 bail. The children's mother is charged with injury to a child. She remains jailed on $50,000 bond.

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