A 28-year-old Butte woman is facing two felony assault charges and multiple misdemeanors for endangerment and neglect in relation to a child-abuse case that Butte police have been investigating since February.
According to court documents, Amanda Carreia allegedly aided or agreed to commit the crime with Justin Taylor, who is currently facing similar charges.
Taylor was arrested in June and made an initial appearance in district court in August. His affidavit states that he allegedly beat his two daughters, ages 7 and 8, with a spatula, held them face down on the bed until they passed out, spanked the girls with a belt, hit one in the head and pulled the hair of one of the children.
In addition to the 7 and 8 year old, two other children, ages 23 months and 7 months, were living in Taylor’s home. Their welfare became the subject of a police investigation when in late February an elementary-school teacher called the Department of Health and Human Services due to concerns about the older children. Police removed the two younger children, and all the children were placed into foster care, according to court documents. When police arrived at the house in February, court documents say, all four children in the home allegedly had severe head and body lice, the living conditions of the children were unsanitary and basic hygiene for the children was not being met.
In May, Carreia was charged for her alleged involvement in the February incident and a warrant was issued for her arrest. On Tuesday, police apprehended Carreia, who was riding in a car they pulled over during a traffic stop, Undersheriff George Skuletich told The Montana Standard.
As of Wednesday morning Carreia remained in Butte county jail with a bond of $50,000.