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Couple Accused Of Keeping Children In Cage

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A Vancouver couple has been accused of keeping two young children in a caged room.

KGW-TV in Portland reports that 30-year-old John Eckhart and  26-year-old Alayna Higdon were arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal mistreatment and unlawful imprisonment.

Vancouver police said Higdon is the mother of the two children, ages 6 and 7, and Eckhart is her boyfriend.

The television station cites a police report that says officers saw the arm of a small child coming out of a modified cage where a door to a room should be.

The couple is set for arraignment April 27 in Clark County Superior Court. An attorney for Eckhart says he had just been assigned the case while an attorney for Higdon was not immediately available.


      
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