A Texas woman was sentenced to 33 years in prison over her role in regularly raping and sexually assaulting her adopted daughter over the course of several years, allegedly with her husband.
Laura Castillo (shown above), from San Antonio, was arrested in June of last year, according to the San Antonio Express-News, and pleaded guilty on July 13 to three counts of sexual assault. Her husband, Eusebio Castillo, was arrested in February 2017 and is still awaiting trial. He's been charged with molestation, rape, and assault, among other allegations.
The story of the abuse is a long and strange one—and spans 15 miserable years.
The couple is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting their adopted daughter and niece Abigail Alvarado. She was regularly required to take part in threesomes with her adopted parents, court documents said, and was also forced to perform sex acts on both of them. The molestation began at age 9 and the rapes started at 13, Alvarado said, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The abuse resulted in three kids that the couple raised as their own. They told the children that Alvarado was actually their sister.
But in 2014, Alvarado finally went to the police, revealing to them that she'd endured heinous abuse since she was a young child.
She said her years with the Castillos were terrible; according to an interview she gave to the San Antonio Express-News in 2017, she said her time with them was characterized by brainwashing, manipulation, stalking, and assault. The only reason she didn't act, she said, is because she was afraid of what might happen to her children if she did anything.
"I was depressed all the time," Alvarado said. "I wouldn't eat. I would think of suicide. And I stopped it all because of the kids. Who was going to take care of my kids? I thought, 'If I die, my kids are next in line.'"
In another sick, strange twist, the couple converted a little shed in the back of their home into a chapel. They dubbed the oldest child produced from the rapes as the "Miracle Child," and claimed the kid do things like could cure cancer, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Alvarado said she's relieved about Laura Castillo's sentencing.
"I was very emotional for the justice I'm getting," she said.
[Photos: Bexar County Jail]