October 15 2019
HILSBORO, Oregon - A Hillsboro Woman is accused of criminally mistreating three children in her care.
Police say Merlinda Avalos only gave the kids to two peanut sandwiches a day, prevented them from using the bathroom at night and made them to wear urine soaked clothing to school.
Avalos is accused of beating the children with objects, and not allowing them to go outside or watch television.
Avalos is charged with criminal mistreatment and tampering with evidence. She pleaded not guilty at Friday's arraignment.
The children range from 10 to 12 years old. Their biological mother was deemed unfit, so they live with Avalos, a relative. The Department of Human Services referred the case to police.