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.
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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.