Parents Who Allegedly Caged Autistic Child Are Charged Years Later
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KMOX) – A couple accused of keeping their autistic child in a cage now face charges, nearly two years after the alleged incident happened.
St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar says the six-year old-child was found by police, paramedics and a case worker unclothed in a cage with urine and feces. At the time, the boy’s grandmother was watching the boy and his five siblings.
Victoria and Terry Smith, formerly of O’Fallon and currently residing in Elsberry, are charged with felony child endangerment. However, several bizarre details have emerged about the case’s prosecution. For example, the Smiths have not been arrested as of Friday afternoon and the autistic youngster has been returned to the custody of his parents.
“Juvenile courts have jurisdiction over the child. They did make a finding of abuse and neglect against the parents and, as is typically the case in the juvenile court process, the ultimate goal there is reunification,” Lohmar explained.
Lohmar does not know which evidence was presented at the initial abuse hearing but tells KMOX that returning the child to his suspected abusers was “not an atypical result.”
KMOX’s attempts to contact St. Charles Juvenile Court officials have not been successful.