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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

8-year-old disabled girl locked in wooden cage by mom & her boyfriend while they went to movies


New Mexico couple, Cindy Patriarchias and Edmond Gonzales, 

were busted after woman’s ex-husband learned what she had done, 

police say. They were waiting at her home after the movie to arrest 

them both.


 Cindy Patriarchias, 33, and Edmond Gonzales, 37, were both arrested for leaving their 8-year-old adoptive daughter locked in a cage while they went out to see a movie, police say.

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Cindy Patriarchias, 33, and Edmond Gonzales, 37, were both arrested for leaving their 8-year-old adoptive daughter locked in a cage while they went out to see a movie, police say



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico woman and her 

boyfriend locked up an 8-year-old girl with developmental 

disabilities in a wooden cage, then left her alone while they headed 

out to watch a movie, police said Tuesday.

Cindy Patriarchias and Edmond Gonzales took her three children to 

an elementary school Friday to watch the movie, a police report 

said. Patriarchias’ estranged husband called police when he arrived 

at the school and learned that the 8-year-old girl was unattended at 

the mobile home.

Police waited for an hour for Patriarchias and Gonzales to return 

before they could enter. Officers discovered a large homemade 

wooden cage in the corner of a bedroom with the girl inside. The 

cage had two latches on the door, a baby crib’s mattress inside and 

was about 2 1/2 feet wide and 4 feet tall, police said in a statement.

The girl didn’t appear to have any physical injuries, police said. She 

was placed under the care of New Mexico’s child-protection 

agency.

A police spokesman said Patriarchias had been trying to adopt the 

girl but hadn’t been able to reach the girl’s birth mother to get her 

consent. The girl suffers from microcephaly — a condition that 

gives people an abnormally small head.

Patriarchias, 33, has been charged with negligently causing child 

abuse. Gonzales, 37, was charged with negligently permitting child 

abuse. Court records indicated that they appeared in court Monday 

but didn’t enter pleas.

Patriarchias and Gonzales were being held $25,000 cash-only 

bonds. It was unclear if they had hired attorneys.

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