Police in central Pennsylvania say a 22-month-old boy has been found locked inside a makeshift wooden cage while his day-old sister and 1-year-old brother were found alone in the same house.
Police arrived at the North Manheim Township home Wednesday afternoon after receiving a tip.
The newborn, who is 1 day old, was in a vehicle seat, the baby, who is 1 year old, was in a playpen and the oldest, a 22-month-old, was found in a wooden cage that was locked, state troopers in Schuylkill County told the Reading Eagle.
The mother of the children, Tiffany George, had reportedly been taken to the hospital earlier that morning for complications following childbirth. God knows how long they were alone before that.
Child welfare then contacted the 38-year-old father, and he arrived about 40 minutes after police discovered the unsupervised children in the dirty home with an unfinished bathroom and exposed wiring. There was a foam mattress, toys and a sippy cup inside the cage.More news: Good Question: Do Tornadoes Hit Mobile Homes More Often?
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"[Kutz] says he would keep him there at night because he claimed he was crawling all over the place".
"That makeshift cage has been in that residence for some time", says Sgt. Fred Krute.
The newborn was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The children have been taken into custody by Schuylkill County's Child and Youth Services.
State police said Kutz told them he left the kids alone while he went to see his wife at the hospital - that it would be easier if he left them at home. A 22-month-old boy was found locked inside the homemade cage that was was "constructed from plywood and lattice [with] a door on it which was locked from the outside", the station reports, citing an arrest affidavit.
This undated photo provided by the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville, Pa., shows Cecil Kutz, charged with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment.