Travis and Amy Headrick have been charged for allegedly keeping their children in cages.
(Monroe County Jail)
A Wisconsin couple was arrested last Friday for allegedly keeping children in makeshift cages at their home, police said.
The police arrested Travis Lanier Headrick, 46, Amy and Michele Headrick, 39, after receipt of evidence that the couple was keeping their children in cages. On Monday, they were charged with reckless endangering, child neglect and false imprisonment, Monroe County, authorities said.
Authorities found the couple and their five children – four adopted and one biological – in the makeshift cages, including a so-called horse trough, in their Melvina house. Amy Headrick told the police that her children sleeping berth was closer to a “glorified crib,” according to the New York Daily News.
Amy Headrick admitted to the researchers, cages were “zip-tied shut,” the Daily News reported, citing a police complaint. She reportedly described in the gutter as a “washable membrane.”
“I didn’t want to give him a bath and make him sleep in the bathroom, so I thought that this was something that I could wash and out for him,” she told the authorities, adding that the child almost fell out of a two-story window.
They described cases where a child could choke the other and the defence of the cages as protection for the children.
“In the night if I sleep at 10, I don’t know what’s going on,” she told the officials. “I don’t want them to choke each other. So I make sure they are safe. I’m not tying. I’m not beating them, I don’t even spank them.”
The age of the children were not revealed.
A witness told authorities the children were abused and that a child was held under a faucet, while scalding hot or freezing cold water poured out, according to WEAU-TV. The witness also reportedly said the four adopted children ate the same everyday things: a bologna and cheese sandwich.
The couple was held on $ 20,000 bond and by the court on Sept. 6.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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