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DEKALB COUNTY, MO (KCTV) --- Two women face felony charges of child abuse after deputies said they kept a 9-year-old child with autism inside a cage.

According to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to an address in Maysville where they said they found a child's bunk style bed "fashioned with 2X4's running vertical on the bottom bunk to keep the child from escaping." They said the bottom bunk did not have a mattress. 

Investigators said they found a room with animal feces on the floor, urine stains and cigarette butts scattered throughout the room. Cockroaches and other unsanitary conditions were found.

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Debra England

Two women, Katrina England and Debra England, admitted to authorities that they locked the child inside the cage 12 hours at a time, and deputies said this happened over "several months."

The child was taken into protective custody.

Both Debra England and Katrina England are charged with felony counts of child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. The two are in custody.

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(1) comment

Nhhkrf

As sad as this is, it's even more sad that the author felt the headline needed to state, "child with autism" this of course is intended only to add dramatic effect. Saying "child with autism" is no different then saying, "a colored man" in your headline, the reality is he's just a man, just like this is just a child that was horribly mistreated. Things like this continue to feed discrimination in our country.

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