Two Illinois parents were charged with locking their disabled adult daughter in a filthy bedroom for at least two years, prosecutors said on Saturday.
Charles Hopkins III, 59, and girlfriend Marinda Y. Hicks, 38, have nine children together, ranging in age from 1 to 20, prosecutors said. Since 2015, both parents allegedly used a locking gate to confine their 18-year-old daughter, who is severely mentally impaired, to her bedroom.
She allegedly slept on a mattress covered in human waste and menstrual blood, and was even fed her meals through the bars, prosecutors said.
The daughter was not allowed to leave the room, which contained a small portable toilet that the parents only emptied every four or five days, prosecutors said.
Her windows were allegedly barred and boarded up, and the home’s roof lacked hot water and had a roof that was caving in.
And the only key to the room was carried by Hopkins, who brought it with him to work so no one could get to his daughter while he was gone, prosecutors said.
But the Hopkins’s attorney Elliot Zinger said that there was “a lot more to the story” than what prosecutors told the judge.
The pair were charged with endangerment of a child, criminal neglect of a person with a disability, and abuse or neglect of a physically disabled person by a caregiver.
Because the couple has no criminal record, a judge released them from jail without bail and they are being electronically monitored. Their next court appearance is scheduled for next week.
The couple was allowed to maintain custody of their minor children, barring noncompliance with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
[Image: Cook County Jail]
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