ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTLA) – The parents of an 11-year-old boy with autism have been arrested after police say they found the child living in a cage.
Officers were called to the family’s home after getting a tip about a child living inside a cage.
After talking with the parents, authorities discovered a large cage.
According to KTLA, the cage was similar to a “dog kennel” with a mattress inside.
“We did develop some information during our preliminary investigation last night that indicated to us that because of some of the outbursts that occur because of his autism, that the family was having difficulty coping with that and controlling that. Putting him in that cage may have been a way for them to try to, in their way, control what was going on,” said Lt. Bob Dunn, with the Anaheim Police Department.
According to KTLA, the boy appeared to have been well-cared for and did not have any visible injuries.
Authorities say 35-year-old Tracy Le and 40-year-old Loi Vu were arrested and booked on suspicion of felony child endangerment and false imprisonment.