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Couple Arrested After 3 Kids Found Living in Box: Officials



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    Deputies found a travel trailer, which appeared to be abandoned, and a large rectangular box made of plywood on this property in Joshua Tree on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

    A man and a woman face child cruelty charges after deputies found their three children in a box on a property in Joshua Tree.

    Mona Kirk, 51, and Daniel Panico, 73, were arrested after deputies discovered the children in a small box on a disheveled property after 11 a.m. Wednesday in the 7000 block of Sun Fair Road in Joshua Tree.

    Deputies found the children — ages 11, 13 and 14 — in a rectangular box made of plywood on the property. The box was about 20 feet long by 4 feet high and 10 feet wide, officials said.

    Deputies said they found several large holes, mounds of trash and human feces around the desert property, which had no electricity or running water.

    Authorities also found up to 40 cats roaming freely around the property.

    Deputies said the victims have lived in the large rectangular box for about four years.

    The children "were living in an unsuitable and unsafe environment," authorities said.

    The children were taken into protective custody.

    Kirk and Panico were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

    Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Morongo Basin Station at 760-366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.