The Associated Press reports Cindy Patriarchias, 33, and Edmond Gonzales, 37, of Las Cruces, N.M. took her three children to an elementary school to watch the movie Friday according to a police report.
Patriarchias’ estranged husband called police when he discovered the 8-year-old girl was left alone at home.
The AP reports police waited for an hour for the two to return before they could enter the home. Once inside, officers found a big homemade wooden cage in the corner of a bedroom with the girl inside.
A police statement said it had a baby crib’s mattress inside and was 2 1/2 feet wide and about 4 feet tall.
On January 11, 2013, the father of Christian Choate was sentenced to 80 years in prison after keeping his son in a dog cage. Riley Choate kept Christian in a cage, in a mobile home, and both starved and beat him to death. Christian died at 13-years-old.
In another recent Virginia case, in 2011–also involving a mobile home–a young girl was locked in a cage. She was found eating herself to survive. The malnourished girl, around age 5, was discovered in a crib that was converted into a makeshift cage.
Police found her after they arrived at the home in Gloucester County to investigate a burglar. The bones of another child were also discovered.