Swaddling Abuse

April 26, 2013 - 4:29 PM
Lida Sharaf waits in the holding area at Superior Court for arraignment on felony and misdemeanor child abuse charges in Pleasanton, Calif., Thursday, April 25, 2013. The attorney for two Northern California women facing charges that they endangered infants' lives by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets says the women did not intend to hurt the babies and maintain what they did was not abuse. 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. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, Jim Stevens)