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Lida Sharaf waits in the holding area Thursday at Superior Court for arraignment on felony and misdemeanor child abuse charges in Pleasanton, Calif. Timothy Rien, the attorney for Nazila and Lida Sharaf, says the sisters contend they did not commit child abuse. Rien spoke Thursday, when the women were arraigned in a Contra Costa County courtroom on three counts of felony child abuse and neglect and four counts of misdemeanor child abuse and neglect.

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Daycare owners arraigned in Calif. swaddling case

Two sisters facing charges that they endangered the lives of infants at their Northern California daycare center by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets didn’t intend to hurt the babies and contend they didn’t commit child abuse, their attorney said.


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