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Wisconsin couple charged for keeping children in cages

Wisconsin couple charged for keeping children in cages
Posted at 7:44 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 23:28:56-04

A couple in western Wisconsin has been charged with several felonies for keeping children in cages.

TV station WXOW reports 47-year-old Travis Headrick and 39-year-old Amy Headrick face nine felony counts, including endangering safety, child neglect and false imprisonment.

Court records obtained by the station quote Monroe County detective John Brose, who was on scene at the couple's home:

 I noticed a child in a horse trough with metal fencing over the top of the trough secured with zip ties. There was also a child in a locked cage on what appeared to be a double stacked cage.   

Those two children allegedly went to the bathroom and remained inside afterward for "extended periods," newspaper The La Crosse Tribue reported.

When authorities searched the home on Friday, the paper said they found a 10-year-old boy was found in the horse trough, an 11-year-old boy was in the double-stacked cage and a 12-year-old girl was in a room that could only be unlocked from the hallway.

Five children, one biological and four adopted, as well as an adult with an unspecified disability, lived in the home with the couple.

Investigators claim the four adopted children were fed an "inadequate" diet of three bologna or cheese sandwiches per day--one for each meal, the paper reported.

Bond was set at $20,000 cash and their next court appearance is September 6.