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A New Mexico woman and her boyfriend are facing child abuse charges after police say they left an 8-year-old with developmental disabilities locked in a wooden cage while they went to a movie.

Cindy Patriarchias, 33, and Edmond Gonzales, 37, allegedly left the girl at their Las Cruces, N.M. mobile home Friday night when they took the woman’s three other children to a movie at an elementary school.

Patriarchias’ estranged husband called authorities after seeing the group at the movie night without the 8-year-old. Police found the girl who has microcephaly — a condition associated with small head size — in a wooden cage, which the officer at the scene initially thought was for housing dogs, according to a criminal complaint filed with the court.

All four children who were living in the home are now in state custody and Patriarchias and Gonzales are both charged with felony child abuse, reports the Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News. To read more click here.

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Comments (4 Responses)

  1. Holly says:

    So where are the so-call disability advacates. Are they collecting fed funds with our names and addresses. Ha Ha Ha

  2. Diane says:

    This story breaks my heart! Our daughter has microcephaly as well as other health issues. She is the joy of our entire family and an amazing person. I hope this girl can find a forever home with parents who would work with her to be she can be. She deserves love, support and respect!! My prayers go out to her.

  3. Julie says:

    There is a special place in hell for these so called parents.

  4. kerry r. brown says:

    Stigma strikes again. Regardless of their reasoning, it is imbarrassment, the stigma.

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