Parents Charged In Connection With Restraining Girl, 4, In Steel Mesh Cage
The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that they discovered a steel mesh fence wrapped around a bunk bed while responding to a domestic violence call.
Deputies said that the pen contraption, located at a home on Lancaster-Thornville Road in Pleasantville, was used to restrain a 4-year-old girl in her bed.
The steel pen had an access door that had a screen door hook and a sliding deadbolt, deputies said.
The girl's parents, Russell D. Terry and Jamie M. Curnell, face felony kidnapping and child endangerment charges.
Investigators said that the couple admitted that their 4-year-old daughter slept in the cage contraption for the past three months.
“They wanted to make sure she didn’t get up at night, and so this was their remedy,” Phalen said.
Both Terry, 34, and Curnell, 32, were being held at the Fairfield County Jail on $500,000 bond each.
Neighbors said that the couple fought all the time.
“There has been yelling before, so we really didn’t think much of it coming from that house,” said Cassie Kilbarger.
Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen said that the parents told him that they were concerned about their daughter getting up in the night.
Kilbarger said that she had no idea about the other problems inside the couple’s home.
“To know that they were doing that is just awful,” Kilbarger said.
The Fairfield County Prosecutor's Office and Child Protective Services continued to investigate.
The 4-year-old and an 8-month-old child were placed with family members.
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