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New Mexico couple charged after locking 8-yo disabled girl in cage

A couple in New Mexico has been charged after they locked an eight-year-old disabled girl in a wooden cage and then left her alone while they went to the movies.

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According to Sky News, this picture shows Edmond Gonzales and Cindy Patriarchias, who have been charged for locking an eight-year-old disabled girl in a cage. (Screengrab)

A man and a woman in New Mexico have been charged after they locked an eight-year-old disabled girl in a cage inside their mobile home and then left her alone while the rest of the family went to the movies, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Sky News reported  Cindy Patriarchias, 33, has been charged with “negligently causing child abuse,” while her live-in boyfriend, Edmond Gonzales, 37, has been charged with “negligently permitting child abuse.”

Patriarchias and Gonzales had taken the woman’s three children to watch a movie at an elementary school on Friday and left the girl, who has developmental disabilities, in a wooden cage in the corner of a bedroom,  the Las-Cruces Sun News reported.

Patriarchias’ estranged husbanded raised the alarm when he arrived at the school and learned that the eight-year-old girl was at home.

The Associated Press said Patriarchias had been trying to adopt the girl, who is now under the care New Mexico’s child-protection agency.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130129/new-mexico-couple-charged-locking-disabled-girl-cage