A mother of two has been arrested after police stormed her home and found her children, 2 and 5-years-old locked in dog kennel boxes that the woman had made herself. They were covered in feces, and vomit. Their cages had a few toys that the mother threw in for them.
Kristal Richard, 33, of Kanawha County, West Virginia had locked one of her children in a box that was 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide, with the smaller child in an even more enclosed space.
She is charged with two counts of child abuse and currently being held on a $10,000 bail bond, after admitting she was not adept to take care of children.
The Daily Mail has more:
According to a criminal complaint, officers conducted a welfare check on Monday after receiving an anonymous tip.
Troopers who responded to Richard’s home in the 3000 block of East River View Drive in Shrewbury say they found her children naked in feces- and urine-ridden boxes.
The younger of the two victims was sitting in a box that was 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide, while his older brother was in an even smaller enclosure.
The kennel-like boxes contained no beds for the children, who had no access to a bathroom and would relieve themselves inside the enclosures.
Some toys and food were found on the floor of both boxes, where walls were smeared with feces and urine, reported the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Troopers reported than when they rescued the 5-year-old from the kennel, the child exclaimed, ‘Yippee!’
When questioned by the troopers, Richard admitted to placing the children in the box, and locking them in there for most of the day. She also reportedly said that she was unfit to care for children.
West Virginia Illustrated reported that Child Protective Services removed Richard’s sons from the home and later released them into the custody of other relatives.
Richard was charged with two counts of child neglect and ordered held at South Central Regional Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond.