Petra HuffmireFULLERTON, CA — Lester Huffmire and his wife, Petra Huffmire, have been accused of keeping two young female relatives malnourished and locked inside a nasty trailer for years while they played World of Warcraft all day.

It is being alleged that between May 21, 2010, and May 20, 2013, the couple lived in a mobile home at the Satellite Mobile Homes Estate and prevented the two girls, ages 5 and 10, from leaving the trailer for any reason, including attending school.

Police got involved after multiple calls from concerned neighbors. Grace McKee said she called officials more than once to report something weird was going on with her neighbors, the last time was 12 days ago. “I wish I had forced the issue years ago. They sorta said, ‘If you don’t see much, why should we come out?’ That sort of thing,” she said. “I wish I would have really, really insisted.”

Witness McKayla Smith said she briefly saw one of the girls as she stared at her through a window. “She had a really crazed look on her face. She had huge eyes. She looked sick. She stared at me for a moment and the curtain closed and somebody said, ‘Get away from that window,’” she said.

After another neighbor called on May 20th, a police officer arrived at the couple’s trailer to make a welfare check. What he found inside was a trailer unfit to live in. The trailer was littered with stacks of trash, debris, mold, and feces. There were a pile of used condoms found under a stuffed teddy bear, the kitchen appliances were covered in mold and cobwebs, and the toilets did not work.

As for the two girls, they echoed the surroundings they were living in.  Dirt was crusted on their feet, their hair was matted and their teeth were damaged beyond repair. “They looked small. Very pale, malnourished, not clean,” said OC Deputy District Attorney Lori Smith.

Lester Huffmire and Petra Huffmire, both 41 and reportedly unemployed, were arrested and charged with two felony counts of child abuse, two misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury. Both are being held on $100,000 bail and, if convicted, could each face up to seven years in prison.

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