Five Louisiana inhabitants were arrested after holding an autist woman caged in the back of their garden. The five people were arrested and are now facing criminal charges for multiple crimes.
Taylor Knope (18), Bridget Lambert (19), Jody Lambert (21), Terry Knope (43), and Raylaine Knope (40) were all arrested on account of cruelty, cruelty to the infirmed, and human trafficking after keeping a 22 years old autist woman caged in a makeshift kennel in the back of their yard.
According to the official statement of the Sheriff’s Office in Tangipahoa Parish, the woman was found after the deputies responded to a formal complaint received from an anonymous source.
The complaint, which was filed on the 30th of June, stated that the extended family was keeping a 22 years old woman locked in a cage in the backyard.
The officers that searched the perimeter were stunned by what they found. Upon entering the premises, they stumbled upon a visibly sick young woman that was stumbling around the backyard. The woman was not coherent, later tests showing that she is suffering from autism.
At the scene investigators also found a makeshift cage that was covered with a blue tarp. The so-called living facility resembled more a dog kennel than a proper environment for a human being.
According to the law enforcement officers that were present at the scene, the five individuals that were arrested had a habit of locking the woman up at night so that she wouldn’t wander around the neighborhood and get herself lost.
The officers that retrieved the victim from her incarcerators declared that the 22 years old autistic woman appeared to be physically ill, her skin was covered in all sorts of insect bites, and seemed to be malnourished.
It seems that the cage was the only place on the property that she was allowed to enter. In the makeshift cell, the victim was keeping all of her belongings, including a five-gallon bucket that doubled as a toilet.
The autistic woman alongside four juveniles was removed from the premises at once and handed over to the Health Department of the Louisiana County and the Child and Family Services Department.
Investigations are still ongoing and the culprits are awaiting trial.
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