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article imageParents accused of housing 11-year-old autistic child in dog cage

By Greta McClain     Jul 2, 2014 in Crime
Anaheim - Law enforcement officials in California have been arrested the parents of an 11-year-old autistic boy who officials belive was being kept in a cage.
A statement issued by the Anaheim Police Department says officers responded to a home in the 1300 block of South Garrett Street after receiving a call from Social Services around 6:15 pm Tuesday evening. Social Services reportedly received an anonymous tip that the child was being housed in a dog kennel within the home.
The child's parents, 40-year-old Loi Vu, and 35-year-old Tracy Trang Le, were both arrested at the residence on suspicion of felony Child Endangerment and False Imprisonment, also a felony. As of Wednesday morning, both were still in custody at the Anaheim jail, but were scheduled to be transferred to the Orange County jail at some point during the day.
Suspects arrested for allegedly keeping 11-year-old autistic child in dog cage
Suspects arrested for allegedly keeping 11-year-old autistic child in dog cage
Anaheim Police Department
According to an ABC News report, the boy had a tendency to have outbursts and become violent as he grew older. Police speculate that the parents used the cage as a way to contain the boy during those episodes.
Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn told the Orange County Register:
“Anytime children are involved it is certainly alarming to police. Our job, in conjunction with Child Protective Services, is to advocate for the children who can’t advocate for themselves.”
Dunn went on to say that officers have not yet determined how long the boy was kept in the cage, saying:
“The time ranges from years to hours.”
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