California couple arrested for locking autistic son in dog cage
A California couple is at risk of facing child endangerment charges for locking their 11-year-old autistic son in a dog cage.
Crime scene investigators and detectives from Anaheim found that the parents of the autistic boy put him in a kennel-style cage at their home in order to calm his violent outbursts.
Police officers, who reached the spot after receiving a tip about the boy's living conditions, said the boy was not in the cage when they arrived, but there was a mattress inside the cage, and it looked as if someone lived in it.
The officers also said that the autistic boy looked nourished and clean, but they were not sure about his medical conditions. They also failed to determine the period of the boy's captivity; while some reports say the boy had been in the cage years, others say he was there for a just a few hours.
Lieutenant Bob Dunn, a spokesperson for the Anaheim Police Department, said, "The preliminary investigation revealed information that the victim's parents may have resorted to placing their son in the dog kennel to help control his behavior and frequent 'outbursts' relating to his autism."
The parents in question have been identified as 40-year-old Loi Vu and 35-year-old Tracy Trang Le. The parents admitted that they kept the boy in the cage, but only during his violent outbursts/tantrums.
Both parents have been taken into custody on suspicion of child endangerment and false imprisonment. The 11-year-old autistic boy and his two 8-year-old and 10-year-old siblings have moved into protective services during the investigation.
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