Monday, 14 September 2015

24-year-old mother arrested for keeping her children in a crate, in an underground cave

Brittany Mugrauer was arrested on Friday, September 11 and charged with two counts of felony and child endangerment after her two young children were found barefoot, dirty and living in a wooden shipping crate in an underground cave on the eastern edge of Kansas City, Missouri.

According to AP, Jackson County detectives discovered the 4- and 6-year-old children on Thursday in the 8-by-10-foot crate furnished with vehicle bench seats, two small blankets, trash and thin wires. According to the probable cause statement, the crate was missing one side and surrounded by car parts and vehicles in various states of disrepair.

The investigators, who went to the cave to serve a search warrant related to a possible stolen car operation, noted that the children did not appear frightened by them or the fact that they were alone. The 4-year-old child was using hands to eat a dirty, dry cup of ramen noodles, a detective wrote. When asked why they weren't wearing any shoes, the children responded that they didn't have any.

The older child told officers he should be in first grade but did not go to school. The children were taken to Children's Mercy Hospital where they were evaluated, bathed and given clean clothes.

Their mother told investigators that her children had been living in the cave for several days and admitted to have left them there alone. She was taken into custody on Friday afternoon and is yet to appear in court.