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Parents guilty of caging autistic son

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Terry and Victoria Smith were each charged with 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child after police found their 6-year-old autistic child locked in a make-shift cage in the basement of their O’Fallon, Mo. home. Terry and Victoria Smith were each charged with 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child after police found their 6-year-old autistic child locked in a make-shift cage in the basement of their O’Fallon, Mo. home.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A St. Charles County husband and wife have been found guilty of child endangerment for putting their autistic son in a makeshift cage.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a jury reached the guilty verdict Friday for 45-year-old Terry Smith and his 44-year-old wife, Victoria. The couple could face up to seven years in prison.

An anonymous call tipped authorities in December 2010, when the boy was 6.

When police, paramedics and a case worker responded, the boy's grandmother was watching him and five siblings. Authorities say she led them to the basement, where the autistic child was in a 3-foot-by-6-foot crib covered with a plywood top and held together with bungee cords and zip ties.

Investigators said he was naked and sitting in feces and urine.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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