Nine people have been arrested after police found a 3-year-old girl asleep and locked inside of a wooden box that smelled of urine and contained dead bugs.
Christopher Short, 25, the girl’s father, and his wife, Donna, 42, have been charged with neglect of an independent and are accused of keeping the girl in the 24-by-24 inch plywood box for up to a week.
“Never seen anything like this,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Jeffrey Richwine. “It’s one of those deals, you got there and you think, hopefully this is not true. Nobody’s going to be a small girl in a box, that’s just not going to happen. And you go there, when they say it, you just don’t believe it, you’re thinking, my god, who would do this?”
Authorities were tipped off on this case after questioning Donna’s ex-husband, an Indiana state prison inmate, who made a phone call inquiring about the little girl possibly being held in the box.
Last Wednesday, authorities conducted a search warrant on the suspected home, and Richwine said the girl was found sleeping and did not appear to be physically harmed.
Frank Jackson, the grandfather of the girl, says he has been trying to gain custody of his two grandchildren since his daughter died two years ago.
“I just don’t understand why they could do this to the kids, knowing there’s a good home for them to go to,” Jackson said.
The three suspects in this case are being charged with neglect of a dependent and face up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Five other adults are being charged with failing to report the alleged neglect.
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