5-year-old girl in Roswell found living in filth

June 13, 2013 • State News

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in Roswell say they’ve found a 5-year-old autistic girl living in filth and confined in a small room similar to a cage.

But the girl’s mother tells KRQE-TV ( ) [auth] she was just trying to keep her disabled daughter safe.

Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies say they were called for a domestic disturbance and saw a couple outside arguing.

One deputy said he heard banging coming from inside the home. He went in and found the young girl covered in feces and trapped inside a small room.

The deputy says there was a large trash can that appeared to be full of dirty diapers and three stacked baby gates appeared to be screwed into the doorway almost like a jail cell door.

State authorities now have custody of the child.

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