San Diego’s Child Welfare Service denies showing records of 11-year old that was killed by adoptive parents that were border patrol, volunteer police, and an ordained elder.

San Diego’s Child Welfare Service denies showing records of adopted 11 year old that was killed. Her two siblings were also tortured and starved for more than five years after California forced them to live in a brutal environment with the adoptive parents.

Arabella McCormack, an 11-year-old adopted San Diego girl was allegedly tortured and starved by her adoptive mother and grandparents until she died. Authorities denied NBC San Diego’s request for Child Welfare Services records, but horrifying details about Arabella McCormack’s death emerged at a bail hearing Tuesday at El Cajon Superior Court for Leticia McCormack, 49, an ordained elder at a local megachurch, and her mother Adella Tom, 70.

The prosecution said that Arabella was so emaciated that “her bones protruded from her skin”. McCormack was charged last month with murder, torture and willful cruelty to a child in the death of the 11-year-old. Tom was charged with torture and cruelty charges. Stanley Tom, 75, McCormack’s father, also was charged with murder, torture and willful cruelty but previously waived his right to revisit his no-bail status, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

The Toms have both served as volunteers with San Diego Police Department since 2015, according to the paper.

Arabella McCormack weighed just 48 pounds at the time of her death.San Diego County Sheriff. Photo, Girl, 11, who was allegedly killed by adoptive mom weighed just 48 pounds, Provided by New York Post.

Arabella McCormack weighed just 48 pounds at the time of her death. San Diego County Sheriff

Leticia McCormack, 49, right, and her mother Adella Tom, 70, during a bail hearing at El Cajon Superior Court in San Diego.CBS8 Girl, 11, who was allegedly killed by adoptive mom weighed just 48 pounds, Provided by New York Post.

Judge Kathleen Lewis ordered McCormack and her mother to remain locked up without bail after hearing about the horrific nature of the crime and saying the suspects are a danger to the public.

 “We can imagine no scenario where individuals like this, are facing charges such as this, against outrageous evil actions such as this, where they are not a danger to the public,” Deputy District Attorney Meredith Pro said Tuesday, the paper reported.

Arabella’s siblings were also adopted, starved, and tortured for years before they were finally rescued. San Diego Child Protection Services should be required to release the records that were denied when NBC requested.

McCormack – who volunteered as an ordained elder and administrator at the Rock Church – and her parents allegedly abused and tortured Arabella and her two younger sisters for about five and a half years, officials said.

McCormack – who volunteered as an ordained elder and administrator at the Rock Church – and her parents allegedly abused and tortured Arabella and her two younger sisters for about five and a half years, Girl, 11, who was allegedly killed by adoptive mom weighed just 48 pounds© Provided by New York Post

The children’s biological mother says that the children were healthy when the state forced the adoption in 2017.

The suspects deprived the children of food and water, Pro said, and beat them with paddles and sticks, the Union Tribune reported. They also isolated the girls in their rooms, denied them access to bathrooms and forced them to engage in rigorous exercises, according to Pro.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says that Arabella and her siblings were taken in by the McCormacks in 2017.

Arabella was covered in bruises and had at least 15 separate bone fractures, she said. The two younger girls survived the nightmare but were hospitalized for three weeks.

The women’s defense attorneys argued that their clients do not pose a threat to the public and have no criminal history.

Gregory Garrison, McCormack’s attorney, asked Lewis to set bail at $1 million, while Tom’s attorney, Randy Wagner, asked for bail to be set at $100,000.

“Ms. McCormack has no prior arrests,” Garrison said, “No prior convictions, and there is no evidence – let me say it again, there is no evidence to support an argument that she poses a danger to the public.”

Wagner also noted that his client is frail. “She, I think more so, does not represent a danger to the community,” the public defender said.

But the judge wasn’t swayed, saying the abuse involved a “great deal of callousness” and occurred over a long period of time.

The Toms have both served as volunteers with San Diego Police Department since 2015. But it’s precisely that community leadership that the prosecutor said makes this all the more troubling.

Arabella’s adoptive father, Brian McCormack, who served as a Border Patrol agent, killed himself in front of police after doctors declared her dead.

Authorities have denied NBC San Diego’s request for Child Welfare Services records.

When asked outside the courtroom how the child abuse was allowed to continue for so long, Pro told the news outlet, “Your guess is as good as mine.”

McCormack and her parents have all pleaded not guilty and are due back in court in January.

The original story is by Yaron Steinbuch, Girl, 11, who was allegedly killed by adoptive mom weighed just 48 pounds.

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