It’s one of the worst cases of alleged child abuse Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling says he’s ever seen. A nine-year-old was kept locked in a dog cage for at least a week. Investigators have arrested the child’s caregiver for the alleged abuse.
FOX6 News is not naming the caregiver, or the homeowner, because they haven’t been formally charged yet.
“We have a nine-year-old that was housed, caged, locked up in a kennel designed for animals,” said Sheriff Schmaling.
Schmaling says while at school Wednesday, September 6th the nine-year-old’s teacher suspected child abuse and reported it. At the child’s home located in the Town of Norway, investigators say they found a large dog kennel.
“You’ve seen the photo. Cardboard on the floor, a couple of blankets and a padlock,” said Schmaling. “I wouldn’t treat my own dog that way.”
For at least a week, 12 hours or more a day, investigators say the nine-year-old child was kept in the cage which measured 4 feet, 10 inches in height, 4 feet in length, and 8 feet in width.
Now in a cage of their own, at the Racine County Jail is the victim’s 46-year-old caregiver. Officials say she had custody of the nine-year-old girl, and her ten-year-old sibling.