Reyes sentenced for child torture PASADENA -- A...

December 14, 2002

Reyes sentenced for child torture

PASADENA -- A Burbank woman convicted of torturing her child has

been sentenced to 22 years and four months in state prison.

Erlinda Reyes, 39, was sentenced Thursday in Pasadena Superior


Reyes pleaded guilty in August to 12 counts, including assault

with a deadly weapon and injuring her daughter, Kristina, who was 12


at the time.

Two years ago, police found Kristina cowering in an abandoned car

in the 2200 block of North Fairview Street.

Police said Reyes and her husband Marcus Allan, 44, left Kristina

malnourished, with numerous broken bones and open wounds.

Allan, Kristina's stepfather, pleaded guilty to eight counts,

including injury on a child. He was sentenced earlier this year to 17

years and four months in prison.

The couple was arrested by Burbank Police in December 2000 at

their duplex home near the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport.

Kristina, who has undergone several reconstructive surgeries, is

living with a foster family.

Ryan Carter

Airport evacuated, flights delayed

AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Nearly 350 passengers were evacuated from

Burbank-Glendale- Pasadena Airport's Terminal A on Thursday when a

man did not follow security directives.

The man was asked to wait to be screened a second time when he

slipped out of the view of Transportation Security Admin- istration

staff, Airport Authority spokesman Victor Gill said.

The terminal was closed from about 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for

thorough inspection before reopening. Passengers waiting to depart an

Aloha Airlines flight were also evacuated and a sweep was made of

that plane.

Flights were delayed no more than one hour and business was back

to normal by about 9 a.m.

The tightening of security has increased the likelihood of

evacuations, Gill said.

"Everyone is under much greater scrutiny than they were a year

ago," Gill said.

Laura Sturza

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