On January 25, 2013, police in Albuquerque, New Mexico drove to a mobile home residence on a tip that a child was being left unattended. Police entered the home to find an 8 year old child locked in a cage big enough to hold a baby crib mattress and stand about 4 feet tall.
Cindy Patriarchias and Edmond Gonzales were arrested on charges of negligence. Ms. Patriarchias told the police she left the child locked in the cage so she could take her other three children to the movies. Ms Patriachias has been in the process of trying to adopt the 8 year old girl, but had not been able to contact the mother to receive consent.
The little girl suffers from microcephaly which is a condition that restricts a person’s head from growing to normal size. Asides from the negligent charges, no signs of physical abuse were reported.
David Brule is the lead editor for Roswell Gazette. David has written for several publications including the Albuquerque Journal and the Huffington Post. David is based in Albuquerque and covers issues affecting his city and Bernalillo County. When he’s not busy writing, David enjoys woodworking.