A 35-year-old Pasco synthetic his first look in court docket Friday afternoon to face accusations that he brutally abused his youngsters till one among them died.
Edgar Casian-Garcia appeared by video hyperlink from the Franklin County jail Friday almost seven months after he and his girlfriend have been caught in Mexico.
Prosecutors have filed quite a few fees towards the couple, together with aggravated first-degree homicide which carries a compulsory life sentence in jail.
He’s additionally charged with two counts of first-degree youngster rape and three counts of first-degree assault of a kid.
Deputy Prosecutor Maureen Astley requested that he be held with out bail. She pointed to the seriousness of the fees and Casian-Garcia’s greater than a yr on the run from fees.
Protection legal professional Michael Nguyen reserved asking for any decrease bail till a later time.
Decide Sam Swanberg agreed to the no-bail maintain.
Casian-Garcia is anticipated again in court docket in every week to enter a plea to the fees.
He and his girlfriend Araceli Medina are accused of a horrifying sample abuse of Edgar Casian, 8, and his two sisters. Investigators say their heads have been held underwater, they have been reduce with razor blades and scalding water was poured on one among them.
Whereas they have been dwelling collectively, the couple tied up the youngsters and left them within the lavatory, say investigators.
One time, in about October 2020, they tied up Edgar, laid him within the bathe, put a surgical masks over his face, pointed the bathe head on the masks, turned on the water and left, in response to court docket paperwork.
After they returned, the boy was lifeless. However police wouldn’t know he was lacking till June 2021.
In November 2020, his sisters, ages 9 and three on the time, had confirmed up alone in Tijuana, Mexico. The older woman was unable to stroll, eat or use the restroom with out assist.
Arrest warrants have been issued for the couple in June 2021 after Pasco police lastly discovered in regards to the ladies. The costs have been upgraded in February 2022 when Edgar’s physique was discovered in a field close to South Finley Highway and Freeway 397.
The couple, who have been on the U.S. Marshals most wanted list, have been arrested in Mexico in March 2023.
Median is constant to be struggle extradition from Mexico.
Homicide and abuse
Casian’s mom Maria Quintero told the Herald in June 2021 that she referred to as police and Washington state Youngster Protecting Companies a number of instances after her ex-boyfriend took custody of their son and two daughters.
The three youngsters had spent most of their lives with their paternal grandmother, in response to court docket paperwork. Casian-Garcia and Medina took them in Could 2020.
When the youngsters stopped attending on-line lessons, a Barbara McClintock Elementary College instructor referred to as CPS.
They have been final seen in particular person when a Pasco police officer responded to a grievance a couple of no-contact order violation and vandalism at their Highway 68 condominium. The youngsters may be seen within the physique digital camera footage.
Casian-Garcia advised faculty officers that the youngsters had moved to Vancouver, Wash., in September 2020, after which the following month the couple moved right into a Pasco condominium, the place the youngsters have been reportedly abused.
A pair days after Edgar died within the bathe, Casian-Garcia and Medina took the ladies to Mexico and left them by the facet of the highway earlier than returning to Pasco, say investigators.
After the ladies confirmed up in Mexico, police went to Casian-Garcia and Medina’s condominium and the couple advised them that the youngsters not lived with them and had been taken by Youngster Protecting Companies.
However state officers mentioned that they had by no means taken the youngsters from the condominium.
The women have since been returned to the US.