Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM
Sunday, Oct 27 at 8:39 PM
(KMOV) -- Police in Crawford County said they have charged six adults after officers found three small children in a shed behind a Cuba, Missouri home while the adults partied inside.
Cuba Police were called to a residence after reports that a woman who had been injured during a dispute. Five other adults were in the home at the time of the incident. Officers described the atmosphere in the home as a "party atmosphere."
According to reports, when officers arrived on the scene, they heard what sounded like small children yelling. Upon further investigation, they located three children, ages one, two and four, locked up in a shed about one hundred yards from where the adults were. Authorities said the shed appeared to have been turned into a make shift room with two beds inside. A thermometer located inside the shed indicated the temperature was a chilly 45 degrees.
The children were treated and released to other family members, but police did not say if or how the children were related to the adults inside the home.
The woman who was injured in the dispute suffered minor head injuries and was found passed out inside the home. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Five other men and woman were located in a separate shed on the property and were taken into custody for consideration of criminal charges. All told, six people have been charged with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child following the incident. Those charged are William L. Kerley, Lorri J. Kerley-Ferguson, Jackie L. Spanglo, Jonathan K. Kerley, Harold F. Kerley, Jr. and Rikki A. Sturgeon. Additionally, Harold Kerley, Jr. was charged with Tampering with Evidence and Possession of Marijuana.
William Kerley and Jackie Spanglo have been released from custody after posting bond. All others remain in custody and the Crawford County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Cuba Police and the Missouri Highway Patrol are investigating. Police have not released the address of the home where the incident took place. Authorities expect to release more information later on Thursday.