On Thursday, November 5 Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett convicted four individuals for the torture and abuse of a 15-year-old girl in 2018.
Back on June 15, 2018 she was admitted to the UCLA Medical Center where she told those treating her of horrific abuses which had led to her injuries. The medical staff contacted the Anaheim Police Department concerning her statements and on June 16 and 17, four individuals were arrested.
Those accused were her father, 41-year-old Louis Hill, her step-mother, 41-year-old Shalonda Hill, her step-grandmother, 59-year-old Yulonda Parker, and a family friend that the girl knew as "auntie," 61-year-old Delores Porter. Police never uncovered a motive for the abuse.
According to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's Office Spokeswoman Kimberly Edds, the girl had her feet pricked with a needle and was abused with scissors, a knife and a bat.
Shortly after the arrests in 2018, police stated that they were suspected of doing "absolutely horrific things" including using a hammer, pins, and an awl to torture the girl.
At the time of the arrests, a neighbor which wished to remain unidentified spoke to KABC saying that disturbances in the home were not uncommon. "Usually they're arguing and the little kids are crying, but our neighbors come and try to calm them down. But they don't like the advice we give them," the neighbor said.
The neighbor said, "Sometimes they would threaten each other, stuff like, 'I'm going to kill you,' but I never really thought they would hurt a child.
The accused opted for a bench trial instead of a trial by jury.
Louis was found guilty of torture and child abuse and could be sentenced to up to 11 years and four months in prison.
Shalonda was found guilty of torture, child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. She is reported by several sources to only facing a possible sentence of five years and four months.
Parker was found guilty of torture, child abuse and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. She could potentially be sentenced to 16 years and four months in prison.
Porter was found guilty of a charge of child abuse faces the possibility of a six year prison sentence.
They are scheduled to return to court on December 1 to be sentenced by Judge Prickett.