Two suspects were being held on charges of child abuse and torture Tuesday, according to police who found two dead children inside a storage locker in northern California.
A third abused child — a young girl — was fighting for her life after undergoing surgery, according to NBC station KSBW.
Tami Joy Huntsman, 39, and Gonzalo Curiel, 17, both of Quincy, California, and recently of Salinas, south of San Francisco, remained in the Plumas County Jail on charges of felony child abuse, torture and mayhem, police said.
"This case is being investigated as a homicide with an autopsy pending," Redding Police Department said in a news release.
No further information about them or their relationship to the children was publicly available, although KSBW said the dead children were aged three and five years and that all three victims were siblings.
The bodies were discovered in Redding — about 300 miles north of San Francisco — on Monday after Plumas County sheriff's deputies arrested Huntsman and Curiel in connection with the injured child.
Investigators were combing the suspects' house in Salinas on Monday night.