Girl discovered in locked wooden crate

A Las Cruces, N.M., couple are in jail, in lieu of $25,000 bail after police discovered that they had allegedly locked a developmentally disabled child in a wooden crate while they left their mobile home to attend a movie. The girl has been placed under the protection of child protective services.

Jan 29 2013, 3:43pm CST | by

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A developmentally disabled 8-year-old girl was locked in a wooden cage while the rest of family went to a movie.

Police said Cindy Patriarchias and Edmond Gonzales took three of her children to watch a movie on Friday at an elementary school. At the time, the estranged husband of Patriarchias called police when he discovered that the girl was left unattended at the family's mobile home.

The girl was not injured, according to police. She was placed under the protection of New Mexico's child protective services division.

After receiving the call, police responded to the mobile home, where they waited for Patriarchias and Gonzales to return home. They could not enter the residence without permission or a search warrant.

Inside, in a hand-made large wooden crate that was located in the corner of the bedroom, they discovered the girl. A crib mattress had been placed in the crate for use by the girl. The cage was locked with two latches. The girl has been diagnosed with microcephaly, which causes an abnormally small head.

Patriarchias, who is 33, has been charged with negligent child abuse. Her boyfriend, Gonzales, is facing charges of negligently permitting child abuse. The couple were in prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Via the Associated Press on Yahoo News.


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A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.


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