A 29-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday and was immediately sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison for physically abusing four stepchildren, including shooting them with a pellet gun, while he lived with them in a Santa Ana motel.
Santa Ana police were sent to Children’s Hospital Orange County June 8, 2017, regarding a boy who had to undergo surgery to remove a pellet from his buttocks that had been embedded for up to two weeks, according to court records.
The 8-year-old boy was shot with an airsoft gun and he had a bite mark on his nipple and a burn mark on his penis, according to court records.
Another sibling said she was shot by a BB gun on the right hand and butt and left foot in the motel room where the family was staying at 2909 S. Bristol St., according to court records.
The girl said hot water was poured on her while she showered.
A cable was also used to discipline the girl, who was burned on the elbow by a machine used to fix cars. Another sibling was shot on the feet because he walked on his toes, according to court records.
The boys were 5, 8 and 10 years old and the girl was 8.
Juan Carlos Trujillo pleaded guilty to seven felony counts of child abuse and endangerment and admitted sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon.
As part of the plea deal sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury on the children as well as four felony counts of torture were dismissed.
The mother, Anjanette Soledad Garcia, also abused the children, according to court records. She pleaded guilty Feb. 2, 2019, to eight felony counts of child abuse and endangerment and was sentenced to six years in prison, according to court records.