Mayra Solis, 22, reportedly left her 3-year-old daughter with her friend Francisco Javier Rios-Covarrubias some time in December 2015 and then visited on a weekly basis.
The child was taken into the custody of the Department of Child Safety on Jan. 18 after a male visitor to Rios-Covarrubias’ home in Mesa, Arizona, noticed a “bad odor” and found the child in a closet, ABC15 Arizona reports.
The unidentified visitor had gone to Rios-Covarrubias’ home to have sex with him after they met online. Rios-Covarrubias allegedly offered to let the visitor have sex with the girl, but he declined and left.
The man returned later to have sex with Rios-Covarrubias, believing the child was gone. Afterward, he called the police.
Police said the girl was in a trash bag, covered in feces and bruises. Her hands and feet were bound in duct tape, and her mouth was covered. She also had a “blistering rash” in her diaper area and injuries consistent with sexual assault.
The girl is currently recovering at a hospital, but she is unable to stand and has not said a word to investigators. Mesa Police Chief John Meza said it’s not clear if the girl can’t speak out of terror or if she’s simply unable to do so.
Rios-Covarrubias isn't the only one accused of abusing the girl. Solis admitted to authorities that she shaved her daughter’s head and claimed the toddler had cancer while panhandling at a Walmart on Jan. 14, The Arizona Republic reported.
Though Solis is now homeless, she previously left her daughter in Rios-Covarrubias’ care for days at a time in order to work. She reportedly saw her daughter at least once a week. The child was allegedly left alone for hours while Rios-Covarrubias worked, but he told detectives he wanted to ensure she was quiet so he could have sex with other people.
Rios-Covarrubias denies sexually assaulting the girl. He was booked on charges of sex trafficking, kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor and felony child abuse. Solis was booked on charges of child abuse.