Wash. couple accused of keeping children in cage

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Posted: Apr 13, 2011 5:15 PM
Wash. couple accused of keeping children in cage

A couple in Washington state has been accused of keeping two children in a caged room.

KGW-TV in Portland, Ore., reports that 30-year-old John Eckhart and 26-year-old Alayna Higdon are charged with criminal mistreatment and unlawful imprisonment. The Vancouver couple was arrested Tuesday.

Police says Higdon is the mother of the two children, ages 6 and 7, and that Eckhart is her boyfriend.

A police report says officers saw the arm of a child coming out of a modified cage where a door to a room should be.

The couple is set for arraignment April 27 in Clark County Superior Court.

An attorney for Eckhart says he had just been assigned the case. An attorney for Higdon was not immediately available for comment.

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Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/