Oregon couple indicted in death of 5-year-old girl

Investigators said the girl "went through Hell"

Generic crime scene, file. (Tony Webster via Flickr Creative Commons)
Generic crime scene, file. (Tony Webster via Flickr Creative Commons)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury had indicted a Central Oregon couple accused of causing the death of 5-year-old girl.

Court records show Estevan Garcia and Sacora Horn-Garcia of Redmond are charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal mistreatment. Garcia is the girl’s father and Horn-Garcia her stepmother.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel says paramedics responding to a 9-1-1 call on Dec. 21 found the girl unconscious and not breathing. She was pronounced dead at a Redmond hospital.

Hummel says investigators pieced together the girl’s final months. He says: “Suffice it to say she went through hell.”

Garcia and Horn-Garcia are scheduled to make their initial court appearance Friday. Court records do not list a defense attorney to speak on their behalf.