A woman joined her husband on death row for scalding her 4-year-old niece to death, making them the first married couple awaiting execution for the same crime in California.

Genny Rojas was sent to live with Veronica Gonzales, 29, and her husband Ivan, 31, in 1995 after her mother went to drug rehabilitation and her father was put in jail for child molestation.It was thought the Gonzaleses, who had six children of their own, would provide Genny with a safe haven. Instead, she suffered months of horrific abuse.

Genny was forced to live in a box, was hanged by her hands from a hook, and was beaten and starved. Her cheeks were burned with a hair dryer.