OC DA Todd Spitzer Charges Parents in Brutal Case of Child Torture

    Spitzer, who made public safety a priority during his term, announced additional charges may be filed in a case of severe child abuse.

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    Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer has announced he plans to press felony charges against the parents of a two-year-old girl who was allegedly beaten and stabbed in Santa Ana.

    The suspects have been identified as Santos Salgado Beltran, 34, and Anna Billalba, 27. Both were arrested on Sunday, December 19, after a relative reported that the couple’s daughter displayed signs of severe physical abuse, including bruising and a stab wound. Although the child has been hospitalized, she is expected to survive.

    So far, Spitzer’s office has charged Beltran with felony counts of torture and attempted murder, along with multiple enhancements for personal use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury to a child under five. Billalba also faces a torture charge, along with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury to a child under five. If convicted, both parents face potential life sentences.

    The investigation is ongoing, and Spitzer has left open the possibility that additional charges may be filed.

    In a statement announcing the charges, Spitzer said that “A two-year-old child should not have to suffer the horrors of being beaten and stabbed – especially by the very people who are supposed to do everything they can to keep her safe… Children should be surrounded by love, not violence and it is our responsibility as a society to stand up and protect our children when their own parents have abdicated that responsibility.”

    This is the latest in a long string of tough charges filed by Spitzer’s office against violent criminals, particularly those who have harmed or killed children. Earlier this year, the DA pressed murder charges against the alleged killers of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in a highway shooting, and managed to revoke bail for one of the suspects.

    Shortly afterward, Spitzer filed charges against an alleged serial child sex offender who prosecutors said abused and tortured multiple children. This fall, his office secured a conviction against another man for serial child abuse.

    SoCal Daily Pulse

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