Two people are under arrest the Ellensburg Police Department learned that two children, ages four and eight, had been assaulted by their mother’s boyfriend. The children suffered injuries so severe and traumatic that they were transferred from KVCH to Harbor View Hospital in Seattle, the 4 year old girl was airlifted with possible internal bleeding and the 8 year old was transported by KVFR.

The children’s mother, 23 year old Ashly Eli, admitted witnessing the assaults committed by her boyfriend, 27 year old Rueben Mulamba. Eli also admitted that she intentionally did not take the children to the hospital for almost 48 hours for fear of law enforcement involvement. She in fact had no plans to seek medical treatment for the children before detectives became involved. The assaults took place several times over the past two weeks.

Mulamba was booked into the Kittitas county corrections center for two counts of assault of a child 2nd degree. Eli was also booked and charged with two counts of criminal mistreatment.