A Pennsylvania couple was arrested on endangerment charges after police discovered they locked their children in cages as punishment.
Linda Chamberlain, 34, and Nicholas Chamberlain, 36, of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, were charged July 22 with false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of children for allegedly locking their three children, ages 6, 10 and 13, in dog cages in the basement as punishment, the Daily Mail reported. Nicholas is also charged with simple assault.
They are being held in the Blair County Jail on $50,000 bail each. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3.
The case began on July 19 when the Chamberlains' 13-year-old child escaped to a neighbor's home and called 911. The child, who refused to return home, told police the couple had locked a 6-year-old sibling in the cage for the night as punishment for "misbehaving."
An investigation by authorities reportedly confirmed the child's story.
"Through the course of the investigation it is alleged the [children] were placed in a dog cage in the cellar of the residence as punishment," police said in a statement.
The couple also has a 10-year-old child, who has also allegedly been placed in the cage as punishment.
It is unclear who has custody of the children while the parents are in jail.
According to statistics published by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, 4 percent of cases of near-fatal child abuse involve a victim between the ages of 5 and 9, while 7 percent involve a victim between the ages of 10 and 14.
The perpetrator of the abuse was the victim's father in 38 percent of these near-fatal cases and the victim's mother in 35 percent of the cases.