“I have not seen anything like this in my 23 years of law enforcement experience,” said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling. “I’ve seen people do horrific things to other human beings, but I’ve never seen anyone treat a child like an animal. I was sickened at what I witnessed last night… It doesn’t get much worse than this.”
Lalonde and Deavers were charged with false imprisonment and causing mental harm to a child. And the sad part is that after they admitted to locking the girl in the cage, they defended themselves by saying the reasoning was so that the girl would be safe.
According to Lalonde, the child eats cleaning solutions and threatens to kill the couple.
Another incident involving abuse occurred when the girl showed up to school with very short hair. After her teacher asked her what happened, the child said that her grandmother had chopped it off as a punishment to the girl when she attempted to cut her own hair.
The young girl, along with her 10-year-old sibling, has been removed from the grandmother’s home and placed in protective custody.
A preliminary hearing is being scheduled for Wednesday and until then, Lalonde and Deavers are being held in lieu of $55,000 bail each.
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