Five children were moved from their home after discovering that their mother and grandparents had kept them locked up in cages for an indefinite period of time.
Alabama authorities were first alerted of a potential child abuse case on January 13 at Smith Station, a city of about 20,000 people located in Lee County, eastern Alabama.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, investigators ran a home well-being check and contacted four children, ages 3, 4, 10, and 11. Investigators also discovered two cages made of wood with clips and locks on them.
The investigation has uncovered evidence that children have been locked in cages on multiple occasions, “the Lee County Police Office said in a statement on social media. A fifth, 8-month-old child was discovered living in the home but was not present. the police.
As a result of the investigation, the five children were removed from the home and the mother and two of the children’s grandparents were arrested.
Kela Michelle Mann, 30, was charged with two counts of mistreating a child under 6 and two counts of reckless endangerment. It is withheld on a $ 122,000 bond.
Pamela Delores Bond, 66, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child under 6, two counts of reckless endangerment, and one count of tampering with evidence. It is withheld on a bond worth $ 123,000.
James H. Bond, 69, is charged with two counts of mistreating a child under 6 and two counts of reckless endangerment. He is holding a bond worth $ 122,000.
Anyone with any other information or evidence is required to contact the Lee County Police Office.