Cops arrest California parents after finding twin toddlers held captive inside stacked cages at home
Police authorities in Northern California arrested the parents of two toddler boys who were reportedly caged and bolted to a bedroom wall by the couple. Modoc County Sheriff Tex Dowdy said on Tuesday, 23 April, that deputies arrested the couple last week after they found the boys while serving a search warrant for illegal firearm possession.
Police authorities arrested 25-year-old Ramon Zendejas and his girlfriend, Mercadies Williams, on charges of child endangerment and illegal firearms possession. It was further suspected by authorities that methamphetamine, popularly known as crystal meth, was also inside the house, according to a report by USA Today.
It was on Friday that police found the twin boys, both under two years of age, in two cribs stacked on top of each other and attached to the wall "like dog crates", revealed the Modoc County Sheriff's Office. According to Dowdy, officials also found three guns, ammunition, and evidence of a butane honey oil lab inside the home in Tulelake, about 30 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Speaking to the local press, Dowdy further said that he believes the parents locked their kids to keep them away from the firearms and controlled substances. However, finding the kids was definitely a surprise for the cops, who had no prior knowledge of the toddlers living in the couple's home before they served the search warrant, explained Dowdy.
The little boys are reportedly taking shelter under the watchful eyes of Modoc County Child Protective Services, revealed police authorities. Meanwhile, the parents are being held in the county jail on $10,000 bail each.