California couple accused of keeping autistic boy in cage

Wed Jul 2, 2014 3:20pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A Southern California couple have been arrested for child endangerment over accusations they kept their 11-year-old severely autistic son in a metal cage, police said on Wednesday.

Police were led to a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Anaheim on Tuesday by an anonymous tip and removed the boy from the property along with what they described as a large, kennel-like cage with a mattress inside.

Lieutenant Bob Dunn, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, said early indications were that the family might have been having difficulty coping with the boy.

"The preliminary investigation revealed information that the victim's parents may have resorted to placing their son in the dog kennel to help control his behavior and frequent 'outbursts' relating to his autism," he said in a statement.

Dunn said officers did not yet know how often or for how long the boy was kept in the cage, but that he appeared well-fed and bore no visible injuries.

The parents, identified by police as Loi Vu, 40, and Tracy Le, 35, were booked on felony charges of child endangerment and false imprisonment, while the boy and two other siblings were in the custody of child protective services.

(Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Jim Loney and Peter Cooney)

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chupacabrita wrote:
Welcome to yet another episode of where you live in a county with inadequate services, you aren’t blessed with the kind of disposable income to pay for a minder, or the kind of poverty where you get barely enough and you have to stay home with the child. So you do the only thing you can to keep your child safe and uninjured or unpoisoned, and then you go to jail.

At least the parents can get a few good nights’ sleep – except they are justifiably going nuts for their children. I don’t blame the parents. I blame Orange County’s Regional Center for being a bunch of useless agency and bureacracy hacks for not doing more.

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