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6/9/2013 6:03:00 AM
Paulden woman arrested on child abuse charges; suspect pleaded guilty to raffle scam less than 2 months ago
Sonia Rios
Sonia Rios
The Daily Courier

PAULDEN - Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 30-year-old Sonia Rios of Paulden on June 5 for nine counts of child abuse and neglect involving four of her six children. Rios was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center in Camp Verde and remains in custody on a $250,000 bond.

The arrest came following an extensive investigation by YCSO detectives and investigators with Child Protective Services. That investigation led authorities to believe Rios abused her children physically and neglected to feed them, sometimes intentionally, according to a June 7 YCSO press release. Two of her children reported "extensive and ongoing" abuse to investigators. Reported "beatings" included the use of metal spoons, a belt, and a piece of garden hose. Three of Rios' children, according to the press release, were born substance exposed due to illicit narcotics use during pregnancy. Her children range in age from an infant to a 9-year-old. All of her children are currently in CPS custody or been adopted, according to police.

The abuse reportedly occurred at a residence on Maple Lane in Paulden and at a residence in Ash Fork.

The charges follow Rios' guilty plea in April for possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation and attempted fraudulent schemes and artifices in connection with a scheme involving the sale of raffle tickets. Rios, who used the name Gabriela Millan at the time of the 2012 incident, said the tickets benefited a premature infant at a Phoenix hospital, but was unable to provide any evidence to back up her story. Investigators later learned her real name and found evidence of the scheme at her home. At that time, Rios was already in custody on unrelated prescription drug charges.

Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock allowed Rios to stabilize her housing situation before beginning a term of probation in April.

YCSO detectives are seeking help from the public for additional information on Rios' activities, particularly when it comes to incidents of abuse that may not have been reported. Those with any information are asked to call (928) 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232 to report anonymously.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

She has kids while she's on drugs so they are messed up and they didn't sterilize her? WUWT? That would have eliminated at least some of the beatings right there. Then, after she has been taking meth during pregnancy THEY LET HER RAISE THE KID. Now that makes sense. And then she gets busted for drugs, and for stealing and they let her go free. Great strategy. This country is so messed up. In some countries not much of this would have ever happened.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Brown skin does not mean Illegals

Brown Skin DOES NOT mean your illegal.
Don't profile that's not cool.

Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013
Article comment by: We don't profile !!

Thanks SA. You're the poster child of profiling. I was looking and looking for an indicator of illegal residence. This lady has committed lost of crimes and should be put behind bars. One of them is not illegal residence. But then she has the "illegal name." Good you do not use your name. Might be illegal.

Judging is so easy isn't it?

Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013
Article comment by: Cele Must Go

Cele Hancock needs to go it's that simple! Wake up people......

Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013
Article comment by: s A

Illegals have so much to share.

Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013
Article comment by: She Got Off The First Time!

Remember her? Thanks to Judge Hancock for letting her go the first time:

Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2013
Article comment by: balanced decision making

THREE STRIKES...YOU'RE OUT !! Those children would be better off raised by wolves.

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