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Pennsylvania dad accused of locking 22-month-old son in wooden cage

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania man has been charged with child endangerment after police found his three young children home alone -- and his 2-year-old son locked in a makeshift wooden cage,  FOX8 reports.

Troopers were called to the home in Pottsville, Pa., on Wednesday to conduct a welfare check. When no one answered, troopers entered the house.

Inside the house, they found a 22 month-old boy in a crate made out of plywood and lattice that was locked from the outside.

Two other children -- a 1-year-old boy and a 1-day-old girl -- were also alone in the home. The boy was in a playpen next to his brother and the newborn girl was in a baby seat on the floor, according to reports.

The mother of the children, Tiffany George, had reportedly been taken to the hospital earlier that morning for complications after childbirth.

The father, Cecil Eugene Kutz, 39, is charged three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of recklessly endangering another person, FOX8 reports.

He was arrested and taken to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

All three children were taken into protective custody. The baby girl was transported to the hospital for evaluation.