Girl found locked in cage, adoptive mother arrested
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — An 8-year-old disabled girl was found locked in a cage inside a mobile home, Las Cruces police said.
The girl’s adoptive mother Cindy Patriarchias, 33, and her live-in boyfriend, Edmond Gonzales, 37, have been charged in connection with the case.
According to the Las Cruces police Facebook page, the couple were arrested Friday evening after someone called police to check on the welfare of the child. The caller was concerned that the girl was left home alone while the rest of her family attended a movie.
Officers later found a wooden cage in the corner of a bedroom. Inside was the woman’s 8-year-old daughter.
The homemade structure was roughly 29 inches wide, 60 inches long and 49.5 inches tall. It had two latches and a baby crib mattress on the floor, police said.
The girl was examined by medical workers, but showed no signs of physical injuries. She does, however, suffer from microcephaly, a neurodevelopmental disorder.
Patriarchias is charged with one count of negligently causing child abuse while Gonzales is charged with one count of negligently permitting child abuse.
Both adults were booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with cash-only bonds set at $25,000 each.