A San Jacinto couple suspected of forcing their two young children to live under conditions that a sheriff’s sergeant today described as deplorable were both behind bars.
Steven Edward Crane, 38, and Emily April Tardy, 29, were arrested Tuesday morning following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation.
According to Sgt. Craig McDonald, deputies and social workers from the county’s Department of Child Protective Services went to the suspects’ apartment in the 1600 block of Santa Fe Avenue in response to complaints that the couple’s children were not receiving appropriate care.
“During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered that the two minor children were deliberately confined to a single room under deplorable conditions, absent any access to a restroom facility or basic needs, for what deputies determined had occurred over a year,” McDonald said.
The victims, who were not identified, were removed from the location and taken into protective custody, according to McDonald.
Crane and Tardy were each booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of child abuse. Each suspect is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.
Neither has prior convictions in Riverside County.