PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) - The attorney for two Northern California sisters facing charges that they endangered infants' lives by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets says the women did not intend to hurt the babies.
Timothy Rien, the attorney for Nazila and Lida Sharaf, says the sisters contend they did not commit child abuse. Rien spoke Thursday, when the women were arraigned in a Contra Costa County courtroom on three counts of felony child abuse and neglect and four counts of misdemeanor child abuse and neglect. The Contra Costa Times reports that a plea hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Police say the women wrapped seven babies up like boa constrictors at their Livermore preschool, impairing the children's ability to move and breathe.
State officials closed the preschool last month.
The Associated Press