Horror! Autistic Child Found Living In A Cage In O’Fallon, MO


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O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – The parents of a child with autism, who prosecutors said was found locked in a cage in an O’Fallon, Missouri basement, are now facing felony Child Endangerment charges.Victoria Smith and Terry Smith of O’Fallon, MO are charged with felony Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree. The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s office filed the charges after a two-and-a-half year investigation.“This situation is something that is just not going to be tolerated,” St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said. “You look at the evidence and it is just not appropriate.” According to the prosecutor’s office, on December 15, 2010, O’Fallon Police and Missouri Social Services officials went to the home on Half Moon Drive after an anonymous tip was called into the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect hotline. When officers arrived, they found a six-year-old child in a cage. The boy was reportedly naked and sitting in urine and feces.“That is just terrible and so hard to understand,” Neighbor Theresa Brightwell said. “Everything seemed normal, but you never know what is going on behind closed doors.”The child was being kept in a 3-foot wide by 3-foot tall make-shift cage that was held together with zip ties, tension straps and bungee cords.  Read More MyFoxSTL



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