Parents charged with abuse Children: Kaya Centeno Biography, Wiki, Age
Authorities in California are searching for a teenager Kaya Centeno believed missing for nearly 10 years — an investigation prompted after her adoptive parents were accused of harming her siblings, The Press Democrat reports.
On August 19, police arrested Jose and Gina Centeno in Rohnert Park, California, alleging that they have abused their children for years.
A complaint filed in court charges the Centenos with serious crimes of torture and other crimes, and José Centeno, 53, also faces nine additional felony charges for allegedly sexually abusing one of the children.
The complaint identifies two children who had been living with the couple and were abused, a 17-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy. Those children told investigators that they have another sister, Kaya Centeno, who is now 18 years old, but last saw her when she was between 8 and 12 years old.
Kaya Centeno was a student at John Reed Elementary School. She was removed in second grade and was to be homeschooled, the newspaper reports.
Rohnert Park Police Sgt. Keith Astley told The Press Democrat that he is asking anyone with information on Kaya to come forward.
“We want to find Kaya,” Astley told the newspaper. “We want to hear from anyone who knows Kaya. Have you seen Kaya? When was the last time you saw Kaya? Kaya was in the house and then not. ”
He added, “We don’t know where Kaya is and we want to find her.”
Police in Rohnert Park, which is about 50 miles north of San Francisco, collaborated with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to build a picture of what Kaya might look like now.
In July, authorities in Mexico notified Sonoma County Child Protective Services of the abuse against Centeno children, who had been sent out of the country to live with their family about a year and a half ago. Neighbors of the relatives had alerted Mexican authorities to the alleged abuse.
The Centenos had adopted five children: three brothers and later twins. Gina and José have separated and Gina has been raising the twins, according to police.
Prosecutors have charged the couple with kidnapping as a felony, alleging that they hid the three older siblings to obtain adoption assistance funds, according to court records obtained by the newspaper.
José and Gina Centeno gave Kaya’s younger sister and brother an explanation as to why she disappeared, although it has not been publicly revealed. Investigators did find evidence in the family’s home “to corroborate the victims’ claims about the abuse,” police said in a written statement to the media.
The parents are being held at the Sonoma County Jail on $ 18 million bond and are expected to make another court appearance on October 5. Each faces life in prison if convicted.
To report information about the case, call the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety at 707-584-2612.