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US couple arrested over 'caged' autistic child

Published on Jul 3, 2014 6:31 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A Californian couple have been arrested for allegedly keeping their 11-year-old autistic son in a metal cage designed for an animal, police said on Wednesday.

The boy, who is unable to communicate, has been taken into protective custody with his younger siblings following their parents’ arrest, said police spokesman Bob Dunn in Anaheim, south-east of Los Angeles.

The cage, which had a mattress inside, was of the type normally used to house a pet, he said, adding that there were “varying reports” of how long the boy had been caged, “from several years to several months to several hours.”

“Perhaps because of some of the outbursts that occurred because of his autism... the family was having difficulty coping with that and controlling that,” Mr Dunn told KTLA television.

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