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Mesa woman sentenced to 17 years in prison for child abuse

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 18:31:14-05

MESA, AZ — A Maricopa County Superior Court judge sentenced Mayra Solis to 17 years in prison and lifetime probation for child abuse on Tuesday.

Solis was arrested in 2016 along with Francisco Javier Rios-Covarrubias on several child abuse charges after a three-year-old girl was found in extremely egregious condition.

Police said the child was found in January 2016 in a Mesa home concealed in a trash bag with her hands and feet bound with duct tape and her mouth covered. The girl was covered in feces, bruised, blistered, suffering from a rash, and only wearing a diaper and shirt.

Police say the investigation began when a man contacted them about seeing a child bound and gagged with duct tape in a closet.

The man told police that he met Rios-Coverrubias online and the two agreed to meet for sex. When the man arrived at Rios-Coverrubias' home, he noticed a "bad odor," according to Meza, and found the child in a closet.

At that point, Rios-Coverrubias allegedly asked the man if he wanted to have sex with the child. The man became upset and left, but returned later and had consensual sex with Rios-Coverrubias, thinking the child was gone, police said.

After the second encounter, the man contacted authorities and officers responded to Rios-Coverrubias' house.

Police said Solis would leave the child with Rios-Coverrubias for days at a time. Sometimes she would see the child as little as one time per week, police said.

The mother was also aware that her child would be alone for hours, while the other suspect was at work himself, according to police.

Solis also allegedly shaved her daughter's head and claimed she had cancer so people would donate money for the girl's care, according to authorities.

Rios-Covarrubias was previously sentenced to 35 years in prison.