A pregnant Santa Ana mother of four was charged Tuesday with torturing her 13-month-old twins.
Sacil Siglaly Lucero, 26, was charged with two counts of torture and single counts of assault resulting in a comatose state or paralysis of a child younger than 8 and child abuse and endangerment, with sentencing enhancement allegations of causing great bodily injury on a child younger than 5.
Her 13-month-old daughter was placed on life support bit was “looking better” Tuesday and is expected to survive, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. It’s not known, however, what lasting or permanent injuries the victim may have suffered, he said.
Her twin brother was also improving after undergoing surgery, authorities said Monday. He was not believed to have been as severely injured, police said.
Lucero, who’s pregnant with her fifth child, was jailed last weekend after her 13-month-old daughter was taken to UCI Medical Center unresponsive and lifeless, according to Santa Ana police.
Lucero claimed the toddler fell in the bathroom, but the girl had major trauma to her head and showed signs of physical abuse, police said.
Lucero was interviewed by the Santa Ana Police Department’s Special Crimes unit and allegedly admitted to intentionally causing injuries to the child, according to police, who arrested her on suspicion of child abuse and booked her into the Orange County Jail.
Detectives then checked on the welfare of Lucero’s other children and discovered her daughter’s twin brother had also been injured. The boy was hospitalized after it was determined that he had suffered a skull fracture and multiple rib fractures, police said.
Lucero then allegedly admitted to detectives that she was abusing the second child when she discovered she was pregnant again. The other two children were unhurt and left in the custody of their father, according to police.
Anyone with information on Lucero was asked to call SAPD Detective Alex Partida at (714) 245-8660. Tipsters can also call OC Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.
–City News Service
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