Nine people are facing charges of neglect and child abuse after police that a 3-year-old girl in the house where they lived was kept locked inside a wooden box for extended periods of time. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on the property in North Judson, Indiana. The 3-year-old was among five children removed from the home and placed in child protective services.
Police found out about the girl while monitoring the phone calls of an inmate at a local correctional facility. Following up on the tip, police were shocked to find the child inside the filthy, bug-ridden box when they arrived, wearing only a blanket. Sheriff Jeffrey Richwine told WNDU, "It's one of those deals, you go there and think, 'Hopefully this is not true. Nobody's going to have a small girl in a box, that's just not going to happen.' And you go there, when they say it, you just don't believe it, you're thinking, 'My god, who would do this?'"
Frank Jackson, the toddler's maternal grandfather, said: "I've seen people treat their animals better. It's like a nightmare and I wish I'd wake up." He says since the death of his daughter, who was the girl’s mother, their father, 25-year-old Christopher Short, hasn’t allowed him to see any of his grandkids. Short and the children’s stepmother were arrested and charged with felonious neglect of a dependent. The other people at the house at the time police arrived have been charged with failure to report child abuse. [Source: WNDU Indiana; Photo: WNDU Indiana]