A woman and her boyfriend have been arrested in the US after police found an eight-year-old developmentally disabled girl locked in a wooden cage while the rest of the family went to a movie.
The ' Las Cruces Sun-News' reported that officers checking on the girl's welfare found her in the cage the size of a crib.
Authorities say Cindy Patriarchias (33) and Edmond Gonzales (37), of New Mexico, remained in custody after being arrested on Friday.
Ms Patriarchias is charged with negligently causing child abuse, and Mr Gonzales with negligently permitting child abuse. Court records indicate they have appeared in court but haven't yet entered pleas.
A police spokesman says Ms Patriarchias has been trying to adopt the girl.