Mother locks 6-year-old boy in dog cage

Mother locks 6-year-old boy in dog cage

Credit: Douglas County Police

24 year old Crystal Jean Hostetter (L) and 30-year-old Sarah Elizabeth McClain (R) charged with locking son in cage

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by 11Alive Staff, WXIA

WVEC.com

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 1:19 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- A mom and her girlfriend are charged with locking her son in a dog cage.

Douglas County Police Chief Chris Womack says the boy was left in the cage in the couple's yard for hours Saturday night.

Crystal Jean Hostetter, 24, and Sarah Elizabeth McClain, 30, are charged with cruelty to children and reckless conduct.

Womack says the two locked Hostetter's 6-year-old son in a dog cage, poured syrup over him, covered him in cat litter and made him hold a brick in each hand over his head.

Womacki says the couple admitted it and told officers it was a form of discipline.

A neighbor heard the boy crying and screaming "please don't kill me" and "I thought you loved me."

Both women were arrested Tuesday and are currently in the Douglas County jail without bond.

Douglas Police Sgt. Todd Garner interviewed the boy afterward and said he was in good physical condition, but was mentally abused.

Garner says the boy was more concerned about his mom and asked police to help her.

Womack says the women are new to the area after moving from Pennsylvania. He says investigators are looking to see if there are any prior reports of abuse, and DFCS is investigating. Neither woman had jobs.

The boy is currently in foster care.

 

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