Women Accused Of Child Abuse Released From Jail

Published: Apr. 20, 2007 at 9:40 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 24, 2007 at 9:36 PM MST
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From The KOLD Newsroom

The Tucson woman accused of child abuse in the case of a child whose body was found in a storage shed has been released from jail.

The Pima County Superior Court Judge for the case said he has concerns about releasing Reina Gonzales, 23, but will follow the recommendation of the Pima County pretrial services division, which will monitor Gonzales until her case is resolved.

According to Pima County court records, Gonzales is facing a single count of child abuse with death or serious physical injury.

The indictment alleges that between March 9 and Sept. 3, 2006, Gonzales failed to protect Ariana and/or seek prompt medical attention for her.

Police found the remains of 4-year-old Ariana's body inside a plastic storage tub Feb. 18 after the manager of the self-storage business near East Prince Road and North First Avenue called police to report a foul odor.

Ariana's father, Christopher Payne, 28, was indicted March 12 on charges he killed Ariana and her 5-year-old brother, Tyler, whose body has not been recovered.

Gonzales, the girlfriend of Payne, was being held in the Pima County jail on $100,000 bail.

Payne is being held on a $1.5 million bail.