LANCASTER – A 44-year-old woman is facing multiple felony charges in connection with the human trafficking case against an alleged pimp accused of kidnapping a baby and abandoning the child in a shed in Palmdale.
Regina Renee Estorga is charged, along with 33-year-old Brandon Michael Wynn, in a criminal case that involves two women allegedly forced into prostitution and the 18-month-old daughter of one of the victims, according to court records. The complaint alleges that the crimes took place between July 15 and July 18.
One of the women was beaten and sexually assaulted at her home, then later kidnapped, doused with bleach and left tied up and naked in the desert, Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson said in a statement last month. Both Wynn and Estorga are charged in the victim’s physical assault and kidnapping, and Wynn is charged with sexually assaulting the victim, according to the criminal complaint.
Wynn is additionally charged with the kidnapping and attempted murder of the victim’s 18-month-old daughter, who was abducted from a Motel 6 and left strapped into a car seat inside a shed July 18 in the vicinity of Avenue T-8 and 40th Street East in Palmdale. [Read more here.]
Regina Estorga faces six felony counts — two counts of human trafficking to commit another crime and one count each of kidnapping, assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon – bleach, and pimping, according to court records.
Brandon Wynn is charged with two counts each of kidnapping, human trafficking to commit another crime and pimping, along with one count each of attempted murder, child abuse, first-degree residential burglary, forcible oral copulation, assault to commit a felony during the commission of a first-degree burglary, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon, bleach.
Wynn was arrested July 18, and criminal charges against him were filed July 21. That same day a warrant was issued for Estorga’s arrest, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Estorga was arrested July 24 by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Division, according to inmate records. She was arraigned July 27 and she pleaded not guilty to the charges, Santiago said. Estorga is due back in court Aug. 6, when a preliminary hearing is scheduled to determine if there is enough evidence against her to warrant a trial. She remains jailed on $360,000 bail.
Wynn’s arraignment was postponed on July 21 and then again on Aug. 4. His arraignment has been rescheduled to Aug. 6.
Bail for Wynn is set at more than $3 million.
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