UPDATE, March 2019:

The Second Judicial Court says Tyler and Averyauna Anderson pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday.

Their next court date is set April 6, 2020.


UPDATE: The Washoe County District Attorney's Office reports they have filed murder charges against 24-year-old Tyler Anderson and 23-year-old Averyauna Anderson for the death of 5-year-old Cali Anderson.

They said the two were previously charged with child abuse causing substantial bodily harm. They were arraigned on the new charges on Thursday, alleging the child's death was deliberately caused by means of complications from undernourishment and malnourishment.

A conviction, if it's first degree murder, could result in potential life sentences without the possibility of parole.

(The Washoe County District Attorney's Office contributed to this report).


Original Story: A Reno woman accused of child abuse in connection with the death of her husband’s five-year-old daughter is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a bail hearing.

Reno Police arrested 23-year-old Averyauna Anderson last month after the child died in an apartment complex. 

Investigators say the duo hid the child’s body in a storage unit in Sacramento. Police there arrested her husband, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson who is accused of manslaughter. He was extradited to Reno where he's being held at the Washoe County Jail on $50,000 bond.

According to our CBS affiliate in Sacramento, KOVR, in an affidavit filed by Reno Police, revealed the little girl had been living in deplorable conditions.

Detectives say they found a wire animal crate with handcuffs, in one of the bathrooms inside the home with Cali's belongings and old food on the floor.

When the parents found her unresponsive on the night of May 4th, Anderson's wife told detectives she attempted CPR on Cali with Anderson's help for several hours.

Reno Police say she was kept there in a duffel bag before they drove her body to a storage unit in Sacramento.

The cause of death is pending autopsy results, although investigators determined the child had been severely neglected before her death.

Cali's cousin has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a funeral. If you'd like to donate, click here.