Nine people in Indiana have been charged after police discovered a 3-year-old girl locked inside of a wooden box.
Officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office were called to the North Judson home last week and were startled when they discovered the girl locked in the wooden box.
“Never seen anything like this,” Sheriff Jeffrey Richwine told WNDU. “It’s one of those deals, you go there and think, ‘hopefully this is not true.’” Nobody’s going to have a small girl in a box, that’s just not going to happen. And you go there, when they say it, you just don’t believe it, you’re thinking, ‘my god, who would do this?'”
To make matters worse, the inside of the box was littered with dead bugs.
“I’ve seen people treat their animals better,” the girl’s grandfather Frank Jackson told the station. “It’s like a nightmare and I wish I’d wake up.”
Donna Short, 42, Christopher, 25, and 18-year-old Patricia Meeks are facing neglect charges, while six other people, including four teenagers, are accused of failing to report child abuse.
According to authorities, the family would lock the girl up from time to time.
“It would loop over this, then come into that eye and then you’d actually have a small screw that you tighten up that makes it a complete circle to where it can’t open,” Richwine told the station.
Donna Short blamed the girl for the decision, saying that she chose to “stay in the box all night.”
Christopher Short, the child’s father, agreed with Donna, saying that the child chose to be in the box.
“This is definitely a problem, that somehow we’ve got to get this figured out where we’re not putting kids back in these same messes and then letting it start all over again,” Richwine told the station.
Jackson said that he rarely had contact with his grandchildren after their mother passed away.
“What kind of health issues are my grandkids going to have later in the future because of this?” he told WNDU. “It could affect them for life. I pray not. We would love and care for them kids in a flat minute.”