Couple Convicted Of Child Endangerment For Locking 6yo Autistic Son In Cage


It only took a jury 2 1/2 hours to find an O’Fallon, Missouri couple guilty of child endangerment.

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Terry and Victoria Smith were charged with keeping their 6 year old autistic son, locked in a cage, forcing him to live in his own feces and urine.

In December police responded to a child abuse hotline call where they found the child, locked in a urine and feces soaked enclosure, in the basement of their home.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that the will recommend a sentence which could be up to a maximum of 7 years.



Earlier reports describe the conditions in which the boy was living and tell of his father cutting up a hot dog and setting it on the floor for the boy to eat.

Prosecution accused the Smiths of scamming the government for $35,000 they received to care for the boy.

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