Authorities in Alabama arrested a mother, grandfather, and grandmother on Monday after an investigation revealed that at least four children were being locked in makeshift cages.
Lee County investigators and Department of Human Resources officials conducted a welfare check and discovered two wooden cages equipped with hasps and locks in addition to four young children — ages 3, 4, 10, and 11. Police alleged in a statement that the children’s mother, Kylla Mann, 30, and their grandparents, Pamela Bond, 66, and James Bond, 69, locked the children in cages on multiple instances.
Investigators reportedly learned that a fifth child — an 8-month-old — also lived at the home but was not there during Monday’s welfare check. Police said that all five children were removed from the home and are in the custody of the Department of Human Resources.
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All three adults are charged with aggravated child abuse of a child less than 6 years of age and reckless endangerment. Pamela Bond is also charged with tampering with physical evidence.
It is not immediately known whether investigators believe the infant was also locked in the wooden cages.
Pamela Bond remains jailed on a $123,000 bond. Bail was set at $122,000 for James Bond and Mann. All three remain jailed at the Lee County Detention Center.
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[Featured image: Lee County Sheriff’s Office]