A woman who forced her two daughters to drink bleach-laced milkshakes and helped dispose of the younger girl’s body in 1997 has been denied parole.
Barbara Carrasco was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced that the California Board of Prison Terms on June 3 denied parole for Carrasco for the next three years.
In 1997, Carrasco was living in Ek Grove with her two children and her husband, Larry Carrasco, the girls’ stepfather. Both Barbara and Larry Carrasco were methamphetamine users and at some point in the spring or early summer of 1997, the couple became convinced that the daughters, 13-year-old Jessica Reale and 6-year-old Alexia Reale, were possessed by demons, authorities said. They locked the girls in a bedroom and over a five-day period forced them to drink bleach-laced milkshakes, believing this would exorcise the demons.
At some point, the couple realized that Jessica was helping her sister vomit up the milkshakes, so they separated the girls, locking Alexia in a closet. After five days, Alexia died.
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Authorities said the Carrascos stored Alexia’s body in a freezer for a few days before Larry Carrasco dismembered her. Barbara Carrasco then burned the child’s body parts in a fireplace. The Carrascos put Alexia’s ashes in a cooler, drove to the Sacramento River and threw the ashes in the water. No trace of Alexia’s body was recovered.
Weeks later, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, acting on a call from the children’s maternal grandmother, went to check on the welfare of the two girls. Over the next few weeks, investigators learned of the murder and torture. Both Carrascos were convicted of murder in separate trials in 2000.
Jessica, now 30 years old, attended the Board of Prison Terms hearing telephonically from an undisclosed location. She asked the board to deny parole for her mother, stating that Carrasco had never been a true mother to her and had deprived her of her little sister, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Barbara Carrasco, now 51, is incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowcilla.
Larry Carrasco, now 66 years old, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison and is at California State Prison, Corcoran.