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January 30, 2013

Disabled Girl Found Locked in Cage in New Mexico


A New Mexico woman and her boyfriend have been arrested after police found an eight-year-old girl locked in a cage in their home.

The couple, Cindy Patriarchias and Edmond Gonzales, left the developmentally disabled girl in a cage while they took their three children to a watch a movie at an elementary school.

Police were called to the home on Friday after Patriarchias’ estranged husband discovered the little girl was not at the movie. He was informed the girl was left unattended at the couple’s mobile home.

Authorities found the disabled girl locked in a homemade wooden cage. The cage was  2 1/2 feet wide by 4 feet tall and had two latches on the door. A mattress was found inside the cage.

Police report the girl didn’t have any physical injuries. The young girl suffers from microcephaly, a condition that causes an unusually small head. She was immediately taken to New Mexico’s child protection agency.

Patriarchias has been charged with negligently causing child abuse while Gonzales has been charged with negligently permitting child abuse. Patriarchias says she’s been trying to adopt the girl, but has not been able to get a hold of the girl’s mother.

Need we say that this adoption is never happening?

The couple are being held in jail on $25,000 bail.