Toddler locked in cage, newborn found alone in Pennsylvania home

Lawrence Kim
May 20, 2017

There was a shocking discovery in Schuylkill County, as Pennsylvania State Police say they found three young siblings home alone and one was locked inside a cage.

Cecil Eugene Kutz is charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children and three counts of recklessly endangering another person after authorities found his one-day-old daughter, one-year-old son and 22-month-old son alone at home.

The newborn, who is 1 day old, was in a auto seat, the baby, who is 1 year old, was in a playpen and the oldest, a 22-month-old, was found in a wooden cage that was locked, state troopers in Schuylkill County told the Reading Eagle. On Wednesday morning, she was still bleeding from child birth, so they called an ambulance. Police eventually arrested Cecil Kutz, 38, the Eagle reported. He remained jailed Thursday and didn't yet have an attorney. Fred Krute, commander of the Schuylkill Haven state police barracks, speaks about discovering a toddler locked in a cage at a home at 316 Chestnut St., Pottsville, during a press conference at the Schuylkill Haven State Police barracks on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Krute said the inside of the cage was about 33 inches tall and contained a sippy cup and toys.

Child welfare officials reached Kutz by phone, and he arrived about 40 minutes after police got to the house.

"'Where's the baby?' She said, 'The baby's at home.' That put up a red flag."
When police asked why he left, he said it was to visit George.

Wilkes-Barre, PA**Cecil Kutz, also known as Gene, 37, was taken into custody after authorities say he left his three young children home alone in Schuylkill County.

The baby was rushed to hospital for evaluation and all three children were taken into the care of the county's Children and Youth Services.

"The inside of the cage didn't even allow the child to stand all the way up in there", says Trooper Beohm.

Police say a 22-month-old boy was locked inside of a homemade cage that was made out of plywood and lattice, and it had a door on it that was locked from the outside.

The children were taken into custody by the state police and the then given to Children & Youth.

On Tuesday night, the mother gave birth to their third child, inside the residence.

Kutz is now being held in the Schuylkill County Prison on $250,000 bail.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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