Feb 13, 2020 3:27 PM

Two women arrested after caging autistic 9-year-old

Posted Feb 13, 2020 3:27 PM
Katrina England photo Daviess-DeKalb Co. Jail
Katrina England photo Daviess-DeKalb Co. Jail

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Two Maysville women who admit they locked a 9-year-old autistic child in a cage have been charged with child abuse.

The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office reports the child’s mother, 35-year-old Katrina England, and her wife, 39-year-old Debra England, have been charged with child abuse and child endangerment

The office says deputies and workers with the Children’s Division responded to allegations of abuse, neglect, unsanitary living conditions, and possible drug use at a Maysville home.

Debra England photo Daviess-DeKalb Co. Jail
Debra England photo Daviess-DeKalb Co. Jail

Deputies found the child's bunk style bed was fashioned with 2x4's running vertical on the bottom bunk to keep the child from escaping, along with a plywood door. The bottom bunk did not have a mattress, only a sleeping bag.

Deputies says the house had animal feces, urine stains, and cigarette butts scattered on the floor, as well as cockroaches and unsanitary conditions in the kitchen. Trash was piled on the front porch. Ceiling rafters were visible in the living room.

According to the sheriff’s office, the two women admitted they locked the child in the cage for 12 hours at a time. The child was also left in a locked cage when the house was empty.

Deputies arrested the women. The child has been taken into protective custody with the Department of Social Services.

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Feb 13, 2020 3:27 PM
Wind chill advisory issued, closing several area schools, including St. Joseph

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

A strong cold front has pushed into the area bringing northwest winds which will drive wind chills dangerously low.

Several area schools have closed, including the St. Joseph School District, St. Joseph parochial schools, and St. Joseph Christian Schools. Missouri Western State University has canceled classes today.

We have details at 680KFEQ – dot- com.

The National Weather Services has issued a wind chill advisory which remains in effect until noon.

It will be sunny today with a high only in the teens. Wind chills will dip to between minus-5 and minus-15.

Clear tonight, extremely cold with a low of around one.

It will warm up a bit on Friday with a high expected to be near 28. The wind will make the temperature feel more like minus-9 to around one.

Warmer this weekend with a high Sunday expected to hit 50.

For full list of school closings, click here.