9 Charged After 3yo Was Discovered To Be Locked In Plywood Box For Days At A Time

NORTH JUDSON, Ind. — Nine people in Indiana are facing charges after deputies discovered a 3-year-old girl locked inside a wooden box.

After reports of child abuse, officers with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office searched a property on Dec. 14 and found the girl inside a locked plywood box in the living room, WSBTreports. The girl was said to be kept in it for extended periods of time, authorities say.

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Patricia Meeks, 18, Donna Short, 42 and Christopher Short, 25, were charged with child neglect. Six other people were charged with failure to report child abuse.

Complete list of charges:

Neglect of a dependent

  • Donna Short, 42
  • Christopher Short, 25
  • Patricia Meeks, 18

Failure to report child abuse

  • Michael Meeks, 19
  • Thelma Meeks, 38
  • Derrick Butala, 36
  • Shawn Griffin, 18
  • Anna Senesac, 19
  • Timothy Senesac, 18

The 3-year-old girl and five juveniles were released to the custody of the Pulaski County Indiana Department of Child Services.

The investigation is ongoing.

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