An 8-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy — siblings with special needs — were found living in cages inside their family’s Chatworth, Georgia, home, NBC News reported.
Police had received a tip that a child was home alone, so they performed a welfare check. Initially Wanda Redfern, 49, opened the door with a young girl, and deputies left. However, after they received another tip with more information, deputies returned and insisted on investigating further.
A deputy found the boy in a metal cage, which was made from two bed frame held to get by zip ties and another metal strap, Greg Ramey, special agent at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Calhoun office, told the NY Daily News. Another cage was made out of wooden bed frames and metal shelving. "It's just unbelievable," Ramey said. "It's just not something that is normal.”
Stephanie Stone, the children’s mother, and her stepfather's fiancée, Wanda Sue Redfern have been arrested and charged with cruelty to children and false imprisonment. Stone was also charged with methamphetamine possession.
Ramsey said a third person might be arrested as the investigation continues. "I don't know any justification for a parent ever doing that,” he said.
The children have been placed in protective custody.