A girl was found locked in a cage the size of a crib by police in New Mexico, FOX News reports Jan. 29. 33-year-old Cindy Patriarchias of Las Cruces and her 37-year-old boyfriend, Edmond Gonzales, were arrested Friday night after a welfare worker discovered the eight-year-old girl in a wooden cage inside the home.
Authorities said that the girl who was locked in a cage was put there so Patriarchias and Gonzales could go to a movie.
The homemade wooden cage was placed at the corner of a bedroom in a mobile home. It had two latches and a baby crib mattress, the Denver Post reports.
No injuries were reported on the girl who was found in the cage.
A police spokesman said Patriarchias was in the process of trying to adopt the the eight-year-old, but was in search of her birth mother to obtain consent. The child suffers from microcephaly -- a condition in which the head is abnormally small.
Patriarchias has been charged with negligently causing child abuse and Gonzales charged with negligently permitting the child abuse. Both are being held on $25,000 cash-only bonds.