Trial to begin for father accused of starving kids

July 19, 2010 6:40:05 AM PDT
Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a man accused of locking three children in a Dallas hotel bathroom for as long as nine months. Alfred Santiago faces three charges of injury to a child plus a charge of continuous sexual abuse. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday in a Dallas County state district court.

Jury selection for the trial of the children's mother, Abneris Santiago, is scheduled for Tuesday. She faces three counts of injury to a child.

Court officials say opening statements for his trial will then begin Wednesday, with her trial to follow.

Police found the three children shut inside a hotel bathroom last summer and believe they were there for at least nine months. Officials say the 11-year-old girl and her 10- and 5-year-old half brothers were emaciated and filthy.