The dad and step-mother of a 5-year-old girl found lifeless in a California storage unit last year pleaded guilty to murdering her in a Nevada court on Thursday, media reported.
The decomposing body of little Cali Anderson was discovered on May 15, 2018, in a Sacramento, California, storage unit, packed into a plastic drum.
An autopsy showed she died from complications due to malnourishment, as media reported.
When inspectors executed a search warrant at Tyler and Averyauna Anderson’s Reno, Nevada, apartment, they discovered an animal crate with handcuffs attached to it in the bathroom. The home was notably dirty with spoiled food strewn across the counters and floors.
Inspectors said the little girl was dead for about before the Andersons, both 25, hired a U-Haul and drove her body to Sacramento. Averyauna reportedly told investigators she knew Cali was ill but chose not to attempt medical care because, she said, Cali was Tyler’s daughter and his ability.
After the girl fell, they kept the girl’s body in a duffel bag in a closet while Tyler examined where to dispose of the body.
The Andersons drove of Reno to Sacramento and stored the body in a friend’s storage unit. That friend, Joe Garcia, called cops after he became suspicious and opened the drum to get the body.
Media reported that Averyauna Anderson pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, and Tyler Anderson pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.