Tuesday, after an eight-year-old girl was found locked in a cage in New Mexico, the girl’s mother was charged with child abuse. Friday night, Cindy Patriarchias, 33, and Edmond Gonzales, 37, were arrested after going to see a movie and locked Cindy’s eight-year-old adopted daughter in a cage while they were away.
The Las Cruces Police Department found the girl home alone after they received a call from Cindy’s husband which led them to her mobile home. The cage was located in the bedroom and was approximately four feet high, two feet wide and five feet long, according to police. The young girl was found in a corner of the homemade wooden cage. The police reported that there was a baby crib mattress on the floor of the cage, according to Reuters.
Cindy Patriarchias was charged Tuesday with negligent child abuse, and her boyfriend Edward Gonzales was charged with negligently permitting child abuse. Cindy Patriarchias was released Tuesday after posting a bond.
The eight-year-old girl is disabled and has been diagnosed with microcephaly, a condition in which her head is smaller than normal. The police said in a statement that the girl had been placed in the custody of the state, along with Cindy Patriarchias’s three other children.
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Sources: NBC News and Reuters
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