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Woman Pleads Guilty To Murdering Young Children

A woman has pleaded guilty to a crime that horrified the three counties it touched. In December of 2015 the bodies of two young children were found inside an East Redding storage unit. 3-year-old Delylah Tara and 6-year-old Shaun Tara had been in the custody of Tami Huntsman and her 17-year-old boyfriend, Gonzalo Curiel. Officials believe the children died in Salinas as a result of ongoing physical abuse, and the couple then drove their bodies to Redding. Apparently the killing happened at Thanksgiving time. The family had been given a free turkey dinner, but Shaun and Delylah were not allowed to eat any of it. Driven by hunger, Delylah apparently snuck a bagel for her and her brother, and that’s why they were beaten to death. Curiel and Huntsman were arrested after a severely abused 9-year-old girl was found in a locked car in Quincy. Huntsman would not reveal the location of the two younger children, but under intensive questioning her boyfriend, Curiel, reportedly pointed investigators to Triple-A Enterprise Stor-All on Tarmac Road in Redding. A jury trial had been set for February of this year but questions were raised with the passage of Proposition 57, which mandates that a decision to prosecute a teenager as an adult be made by a judge and not by a district attorney. A judge decided that Curiel can, in fact, be tried as an adult. The Monterey County District Attorney is going for the death penalty against him. Huntsman has avoided capital punishment by entering a guilty plea to murder and torture. She’ll be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or appeal. Curiel’s trial starts in April.