Last week we told you about the Wisconsin man on trial for beating, starving and sexually assaulting his daughter. Since then, a Madison jury has convicted Porfirio Olivas on 21 counts of child abuse. He was acquitted of sexual assault and two counts of child abuse, but even so, his sentence could stretch to 160 years in prison.
A social worker investigating why the girl was not in school discovered her lying in a bedroom closet, emaciated and near death. She later told police that her father forced her to eat cockroaches and a dead mouse. He denied those accusations.
Most of the abuse, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, was done by Lopez, who readily admitted to town of Madison police Detective Robb Hale that from April to September she beat the girl with a broomstick, a metal rod, a frying pan and other objects. ... Lopez also admitted scalding the girl with hot water, choking her, cutting her wrist with a kitchen knife and biting her face, the complaint states. When he saw the girl, Hale wrote in the complaint, she was covered virtually head to toe in bruises of varying ages and bloody wounds.
The girl's mother, Minerva Lopez, 33, earlier had pleaded no contest to six counts of child abuse in the case. Olivas, 39, admitted in court that he had assaulted his daughter, but he blamed the worst of the girl's injuries on his wife. Like Olivas, she has yet to be sentenced.