Enough evidence found for trial in child cage case

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge has ruled there's enough evidence to take a Wyoming man to trial on allegations that he kept a 7-year-old boy locked in an outdoor cage.

The Laramie Boomerang reports (http://tinyurl.com/qeojr9j ) the man's case was transferred to district court Thursday on charges of aggravated child abuse and felonious restraint.

The man's attorney argued prosecutors can't support the abuse charge because there was no evidence of serious injuries. The judge rejected that argument.

The boy's mother faces the same charges.

Authorities say the child was kept in a cage outside a house west of Laramie off and on for three weeks. They say he slept there overnight even when it rained.

The Associated Press typically doesn't identify abuse victims and is withholding the suspects' names to avoid identifying the child.

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