Laura and Eusebio Castillo were arrested in Texas in 2017 after their 28-year-old adopted daughter, Abigail, reported them to the police in 2014 and a years-long investigation took place. She alleged that they had subjected her to over 15 years of sexual abuse and rape.
She also claimed that Laura and Eusebio’s three other children were actually carried to term by her, and that she had been raped for years so that she could be used as a surrogate for the couple. They would then pass Abigail’s children off as their own.
In another strange twist the Castillos opened a backyard church where they convinced visitors that one of their daughters was a miracle child who could cure cancer.
Abigail was adopted by the Castillos after she was taken away from the care of her alcoholic mother and sent to live with her aunt and uncle Laura and Eusebio. She was later adopted by the couple and raised as their own daughter. She described, in an interview, how Eusebio began molesting her almost immediately after she began to live with them.
At first Laura ignored the young girl when she told her of Eusebio’s abuse, but over time Laura began to become more involved in the abuse, forcing Abigail to perform sex acts and “helping out”. They also often beat and verbally abused the young girl.
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Laura said she was terrified of revealing who the father of her children really was because Eusebio had often threatened to kill her if she told another person.
In 2008 the couple moved to San Antonio where they set up the St Peregrine Chapel in their backyard. Over the next few years they received thousands in donations from people who believed that their daughter—in truth Laura’s firstborn child—was a ‘miracle child’ who could help cancer patients overcome their illness.
Now Laura Castillo has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for her crimes. Meanwhile Eusebio, a former US sergeant, is awaiting trial on charges of sexual assault and prohibited sexual contact.
During their time at the church Laura met her future husband Rudy. After a period of years she eventually told Rudy about the abuse, but didn’t want to alert the authorities. It was only when Laura Castillo was rushed to hospital, and Eusebio made it clear to Laura that he expected her to move in with him after his wife’s death, that she decided to report him to the police. He told her:
“After she dies, it's me and you. We're going to get married and have more kids and continue the chapel. On the outside we'll be father and daughter, but on the inside we're married.”
After Laura reported them Eusebio and Laura fled the stat, but were caught in 2017 when Laura set up a GoFundMe page to help treat her lupus.
Abigail now lives with her husband Rudy and is raising her children. She has reconnected with her birth mother.