A couple in Burr, Neb. is facing felony charges, accused of keeping a three-year-old boy inside of a homemade cage.
"We see instances of abuse and neglect, but I've never seen a case where a child has been kept in such a confined space," Otoe County Attorney, David Partsch, said.
According to court documents, a deputy was called to the home of Kelsi Gaube, 22, and Louis Arms, 23, Saturday night after complaints of a loud argument. Once inside, Arms showed him an area in the child's bedroom that he told the deputy Gaube describes as a "prison." Court documents say it was a closet, about two-feet deep and five-feet wide, with wooden crib bars about four-feet high.
"The cage was built for the child to be kept inside," Partsch said.
Arms and Gaube were both arrested on one count of intentional child abuse, a class III felony. Arms told the deputy that Gaube would put his three-year-old son inside the cage three-to-four times a week, sometimes for hours at a time. He also admitted he put his son inside the "prison" but only for about 15-minutes.
"It's not like putting a child in a corner or in his room," Partsch said. "It's actually placing a child in a confined space with no access to pillows, water, blankets, clothing or toys."
Several neighbors around Burr told KLKN-TV the couple was new to town and had only lived in the trailer for about a year.
Arms and Gaube were also arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after the deputy says he found marijuana inside the home.
Arms is still in jail, but Gaube bonded out on Monday. The couple is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 30th.
Partsch says the boy is safe, and staying with extended family for now.