Five-year-old Alexia lived with her mother, Barbara Carrasco, her stepfather, Larry Carrasco and her older sister in Elk Grove, California in 1997. Alexia's sister told authorities that their family life had been relatively normal until February of 1997 when Larry suddenly stopped working. Then, he and Barbara began speaking about demons & vampires inhabiting both Alexia and her sister. It was later revealed that Larry and Barbara were using methamphetamine at the time which caused them to behave irrationally.
Alexia's sister said that physical and mental abuse began in their home during the winter of 1997, claiming that Barbara intentionally burned Alexia on the back of one of her feet with a cigarette lighter among other abusive incidents. She also stated that Larry and Barbara forced the girls to drink beverages mixed with bleach in late May 1997 which lasted for eight consecutive days; this was apparently done as an effort to "cleanse" the children of their supposed possessions
Alexia's sister stated that she last saw Alexia lying motionless on the floor of their home sometime around June 1, 1997. Barbara was standing next to Alexia, who was apparently pale and appeared to be deceased; she attempted CPR before realizing that her daughter was dead. Alexia's sister told investigators that her parents dismembered Alexia's body in a closet with a pruning saw which were then incinerated into the family's fireplace and they were tossed into the Sacramento River (along with the tools used in the dismemberment).
Alexia's sister said that they were instructed to drink the concoction for 8 consecutive days. She stated that she last saw Alexia lying motionless on the floor of the family's residence sometime around June 1, 1997. Barbara was standing next to Alexia, who was apparently pale and appeared to be deceased.
Alexia's sister admitted that she initially lied to authorities when they began investigating her sister's disappearance in the summer of 1997, telling them that Alexia was living with her biological father in Illinois. The girl was apparently instructed by Barbara and Larry on what to say if authorities questioned her about Alexia's disappearance.
After the school year began in the fall of 1997, the abuse patterns were discovered when one of the teachers of Alexia's sister noticed chemical burns on the girl's body; she said that Larry doused her with bleach in an effort to "exorcise" her demons. In 2000, Larry and Barbara were convicted of murdering Alexia and additional child abuse charges. Larry is serving a prison sentence of 40 years to life while Barbara is serving a prison sentence of 15 years to life.
As of 2020, Alexia's remains have never been located.