JOSHUA TREE — A judge ordered that a 42-year-old mother, convicted last month of murdering one child and falsely imprisoning two others, remain in Department of Health custody until her sanity is restored, or spend the rest of her life in institutions.
Superior Court Judge James C. McGuire on Friday ordered that Carrie Lee Davis begin her treatment at Patton State Hospital near San Bernardino.
Davis pleaded guilty last month in the child abuse, torture and murder case. The judge ruled she was insane when she committed the crimes.
She was arrested with her husband and another woman who lived with them, Faye Potts, in October 2000 after two Davis boys, ages 12 and 17, told authorities they'd been held captive for years, beaten and underfed.
Prosecutors later said a third Davis son, Rainbow, was beaten and kicked when he died at age 6 in 1991.
The father, John Davis, 53, hanged himself in a Morongo Basin jail cell in March 2001 after prosecutors filed charges alleging he raped a teen-age girl in 1995./AP
Potts, 47, who pleaded no contest in March to felony child abuse and false imprisonment by violence, was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.