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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Parents headed to prison for keeping son in cage

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Parents headed to prison for keeping son in cage

Prosecutors say they understood the parent’s struggles, but said abuse and neglect are never valid options for overwhelmed parents

Parents headed to prison for keeping son in cage

(KTRS) – A Missouri couple are headed to prison for seven years for keeping their autistic son in a makeshift cage.

Terry and Victoria Smith were convicted of child endangerment last month. Police were called to the Smiths’ home in 2010. There, they found 6-year-old Josiah in a filthy cage. The structure was held together by zip ties and bungee cords.

Prosecutors say they understood the parent’s struggles, but said abuse and neglect are never¬†valid options for overwhelmed parents.

The Smith’s argued that the state failed to supply a safe bed for Josiah and they did the best they could by making the cage.

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By Colin Jeffery

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