MCSO Says Suspect in Child’s Homicide and Sibling’s Abandonment Was Victim of Domestic Violence by Their Mother

icture of the child who died adorns a handcrafted cross at the location where one child was found ill and another deceased nearby. [Photo by Matt LaFever]

Picture of the child who died adorns a handcrafted cross at the location where one child was found ill and another deceased nearby. [Photo by Matt LaFever]

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On 08-02-2022 at 2:05 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a possible domestic violence incident occurring in the 1700 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.

Upon arrival, Deputies located Sally Arellano and Edward “Two Feathers” Steele standing in the parking lot of a closed business.

During a subsequent contact, Deputies developed information which led to the arrest of Arellano for a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery.

At the time of her arrest, Arellano stated her children were at a motel approximately .5 miles away while being cared for by a babysitter.  The children were not present during the domestic violence incident and were not with her at the time of her arrest.

Deputies learned Arellano and Steele had been engaged in a romantic dating relationship for the past several months.

Sally was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail and was later released on bail on 08-03-2022 at approximately 5:00 AM.

Sally was able to make a telephone call prior to and after being booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

Ongoing investigations into this incident developed information that Steele had assumed care of the children from the babysitter after Arellano’s arrest.

During the morning of 08-03-2022 Steele left the children unattended near the railroad tracks near the 300 block of Brush Street in Ukiah.  Thereafter, the one-year-old child was found deceased and the two-year-old child was found with a life-threatening medical emergency.

On 08-04-2022 at 12:25 PM Hopland Tribal members contacted the Sheriff’s Office and reported a sighting of Steele on the Hopland Rancheria.
Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Hopland Rancheria and located Steele shortly thereafter. Steele was detained and investigators were notified.

Subsequent investigations lead to Steele being booked into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of murder and violation of PRCS (Post Release Community Supervision).  Steele is currently being held on a No Bail status.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public, specifically Hopland Tribal members, for their assistance in helping locate Steele.

Closeup of the child's photo atop the cross. [Photo by Matt LaFever]

Closeup of the tiny child’s photo atop the cross. [Photo by Matt LaFever]

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Jen
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Jen
1 month ago

Jeez, those poor babies. I drive by on my way home from work and saw this tonight. Ealier, I was telling my husband that I wonder if the “Dad” went across the street to those new homeless apartments to get high and left them out there… this whole situation is so sad. I pray the surviving baby has a super blessed and loving life.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jen
Sunny Seas
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Sunny Seas
1 month ago

Oh Geez! This story just keeps getting better all the time. “Engaged in a romantic dating relationship”? I’m guessing at best their romance was making love under the stars at a rat/feces infested homeless encampment, or perhaps kissing passionately between hits off a meth pipe at a Motel 6, frolicking with the children thru the railroad track, the warm emotional chatter of domestic violence in one’s ear. Where did I go wrong with my romances.

Sunny Seas
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Sunny Seas
1 month ago

I was trying to make a romance novel for this couple, this is all I could come up with.

Guest
Guest
Guest
1 month ago
Reply to  Sunny Seas

Spot on. So sad for these poor babies

greendenny
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greendenny
1 month ago

This is really sad.

Mendocino Mamma
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Mendocino Mamma
1 month ago

This is horrid just horrid. Another one of those tragedies of ladies love outlaws. Given the story that’s coming to light, looks like he’s going to be looking at some accidental manslaughter and out in 6 months. Rest in peace little one. May your spirit soar and others find inspiration in the sorrow of your story so this doesn’t keep happening. It can’t keep happening.💔

Sunny Seas
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Sunny Seas
1 month ago

Hilarious, “Tragedies of ladies love outlaws”. I can see these Little Bo Peep’s sitting around having tea and crumpets while chatting about their Prince Charming’s.

Sunny Seas
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Sunny Seas
1 month ago

Yes, I’m guessing there will be an accidental manslaughter while he is awaiting trial from one of his cell pals.

Me to you
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Me to you
1 month ago

Do they both get the death penalty now?

Farce
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Farce
1 month ago
Reply to  Me to you

No. We must try to understand the difficult childhood trauma that they were victims of when they were growing up and we should be full of hope and remain positive that they will do better next time when we release them in a few months. Misplaced Compassion is still the game we are running and nobody is ever at fault!

Sleepy Alligator
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Sleepy Alligator
1 month ago

She told the arresting officer(s) that her children were with a babysitter in a motel 1/2 mile away and they didn’t verify that was true by checking themselves or calling for the proper agency to go check? Even if it was true Since when does a babysitter become the legal guardian of children when something happens to the parent(s)? The officers involved with arresting the mother are greatly responsible for the tragic death of this baby and I hope they are held accountable.

Vet
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Vet
1 month ago

I like the way you think

Really bad policibg
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Really bad policibg
1 month ago

Exactly.
And people wonder why we dont trust the cops. Its apalling they didnt check on them!
Maybe if she told them she had some pot plants in the room they woulda checked it out.

Hey lets keep making abortion illegal and birth control so hard to get, making small kids suffer like this is better?!? I dont get it.

Sunny Seas
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Sunny Seas
1 month ago

The only thing the officers didn’t do was spit in her face with disgust before arresting her.

Crap
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Crap
1 month ago

Humm if mom did not commit a crime the kid would be alive today. How is this the cops fault. Steel picked the kid up AFTER the arrest

Sleepy Alligator
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Sleepy Alligator
1 month ago
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Yeah but the Mom did commit a crime (allegedly) and sadly the baby isn’t alive today. That isn’t the “cops fault” in my opinion but I do believe the arresting officers are “greatly responsible” for the death of this baby. They should have verified the moms story because that’s their job. Especially when it’s a domestic case and there are children who’s well being could possibly be at risk. We do not pay police just to arrest people. But I’d bet the farm that had these cops thought these babies had committed a crime they wouldn’t have wasted one second getting to the motel.

mendo gramma
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1 month ago

My first thought is there was no babysitter. Those kids were probably left alone. Ukiah PD or sheriff dept needs to confirm they interviewed babysitter.

Chunk
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Chunk
1 month ago
jean lopez
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jean lopez
1 month ago
Reply to  Chunk

Good sleuthing, Chunk. Well, she’s consistent. She consorts with murderers. Mom of the Year!

Steve Koch
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Steve Koch
1 month ago

Ineffably sad.

guest
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guest
1 month ago

The police really failed safe keeping by not checking up on her story about the children. This is a horror story with very real and horrible consequences.

Guest 2
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Guest 2
1 month ago

Sounds like the police are at fault somewhat in this case. Misdo DV? Did she yell at him? And then her children are left uncared for while she sits in jail and one dies?!?

Knowledge
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Knowledge
1 month ago

Wow. Reading these comments is just wow.

So mom commits a misdemeanor crime and is hauled in?

Police were notified of the children?

They didn’t follow procedure.

Ask any decent law enforcement officer what they do when they arrest a mother and children are with a sitter or at school, etc.

Next step. Hire an attorney.