Two parents in Kentucky are accused of keeping their adult daughter, who has fetal alcohol syndrome, in a large wooden cage filled with urine and feces.
A welfare check on Friday led to the disturbing discovery at the Richmond home. Police found the cage in a basement bedroom of Shannon and Tito Felix’s house. Inside the cage, a children's toilet filled with feces and urine, according to WKYT in Lexington. Their daughter is 18.
Witnesses told WKYT that the victim looks like she is only 10 or 11 years old. A neighbor who didn't want to be identified told WKYT that she believes the daughter was adopted by the couple, which authorities have not confirmed.
In addition to human feces inside the cage, animal feces was found throughout the basement of the home.
The mother allegedly claimed that the daughter’s fetal alcohol syndrome causes her to wander around the home at night, hence the cage. She claimed the bed in the cage was prescribed, LEX 18 reported. Shannon Felix allegedly told police the cage is there so that the daughter "doesn't get out and we can get some sleep,” according to WKYT. The cage had a lock on the outside.
The couple has been charged with unlawful imprisonment and criminal abuse.
Adult Protective Services is working to find a new home for the victim. Child Protective Services is also involved because it is believed that the couple had other children, possibly foster children, living in that home.
According to online jail records, Shannon has been released from jail but Tito remains behind bars.
[Photo: Madison County Detention Center]