Elena Varela

4 year old girl admitted to the hospital with fractures to both legs and her right arm and severe bruising on her legs, arms, upper and lower back, abdomen and head. Her parents Raul and Tricia Varela held her the potty for 3 hours and then beat her with a shoe and spatulas, in a potty training battle. The family has 2 biological sons, ages 7 and 9; and four adopted daughters, ages 2 to 8. The girls were apparently adopted after Oct 2006
Date: 2009-04-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother


Goodyear, Arizona
United States
See map: Google Maps
DocumentDatesort icon
Ex-Goodyear employee, wife get prison time2012-09-25
Former Goodyear employee guilty of child abuse2012-08-24
Ex-Goodyear official, wife to face new child-abuse trial2012-04-03
October trial date set for couple facing child abuse charges2010-07-28
Ex-Goodyear official's trial set in potty-training abuse case2010-02-17
Basic Information on Elena (from AZ DES)2009-06-29
Child Abuse Charges filed against Goodyear Couple - Maricopa county attorney press release2009-06-26
Former Goodyear official, wife indicted on child abuse charges2009-06-26
Goodyear fires director amid child abuse allegations2009-06-04
Police Logs: May 26, 20092009-05-26
Goodyear girl still in hospital 3 weeks after potty-training 'war'2009-05-16
PD: Goodyear official, wife arrested on child abuse charge2009-05-01
Goodyear couple arrested on child abuse charges2009-05-01
Goodyear Official, Wife, Face Child Abuse Charges2009-04-30
Goodyear employee arrested in abuse case2009-04-30
Police: Goodyear official, wife accused of child abuse2009-04-30
Goodyear Announces Its First Director of Engineering 2006-10-12

Still have not gone to trial

This case is still on hold. It is frustrating to see how long these trials can drag on and on and on with no end in sight.

Trial Began Today

The trial for the Varela's began today and should take 2 to 3 weeks.


The Varelas were both found guilt. Sentencing takes place on Sep 17. The minimum sentence is 10 years and they will have to serve at least 8.5 years of that sentence. Parole is not automatic, they will have to apply for it.


Pound Pup Legacy