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2010-02-03 - Weird News
Windsor Genova - AHN News Writer

Parents Arrested For Locking Daughter In Closet As Punishment For Fridge Filching

Brownsville, TX, United States (AHN) -- A couple from Brownsville, Texas is in jail after being charged with locking up their 12-year-old daughter in a closet as punishment for filching food from the refrigerator. Police found the child so malnourished she looked like an 8-year-old girl.

A court set a $275,000 bond for Leticia Ines, 40 and her husband, Alfredo, 43, who are both detained at the Cameroun County jail after their arrest over the weekend. Charges of injuring a child and unlawful restraint were filed against them on Saturday.

Police discovered the girl at their home in Joanne Lane after her brothers reported her ordeal to a teacher, who then alerted the Child Protective Service. The brothers aged 17, 13 and 11 were unharmed and were turned over to relatives while the girl was put in foster care.

Investigators learned that the girl was allowed to go to school during the day. She was also allowed to go out of the closet to eat and use the bathroom.

The girl managed to do her homework using a ray of light coming from underneath the closet door keeping a steady grade at school.

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