Photo: Child with Developmental Disabilities Locked in Cage, Family Goes to Movie
A mother in New Mexico was arrested and charged with child abuse after she a developmentally disabled was found locked in a wooden cage while the family went to a movie.
Cindy Patriarchias, 33, and her boyfriend Edmond Gonzales, 37, reportedly took her three other children to a nearby school for a special movie night. When they left, however, an 8-year-old in Patriarchias’ care was locked up at their mobile home in a cage 29 inches wide, 60 inches long and 49.5 inches tall. The girl was left alone.
Patriarchias’ ex-husband called police after her spotted everyone but the 8-year-old at the school that night.
Police say they arrived at the mobile home, but had to wait over an hour for Patriarchias and Gonzales to arrive. When they were finally able to get inside, officers found the young girl in the cage, which had two latches to keep in closed, laying on a baby mattress.
The girl has microcephaly, which means her head and therefore her brain (microencephaly) are smaller than average. Life expectancy for children like her is sadly shorter than average as well.
Patriarchias claims she was trying to adopt the little girl, but was unable to get a hold of her birth mother.
Patriarchias has been charged with negligently causing child abuse, while Gonzales was charged with negligently permitting child abuse. Each were held at Doña Ana County Detention Center on $25,000 cash-only bond.
The girl did not appear to have any physical injuries as a result of being confined.