Two people were arrested on child cruelty charges after a girl, 8, and a boy, 11 — siblings with special needs — were found living in a Georgia home in makeshift cages, authorities said Friday.
Police had received a tip about a child being in alone in the home in the rural town of Chatsworth, the Murray County Sheriff's Office said. A woman — later identified as Wanda Redfern, 49 — answered the door along with the young girl, allowing a deputy inside, investigators said. During a search, he found two "cages" in a bedroom.
A boy was found living inside the second cage, police said. They believe the children were being kept in the cages since at least June.
The mother of the children was identified as Stephanie Stone, 34. Both women were arrested. Investigators are also looking into a third person who may be connected with the case.