Father Pleads Not Guilty to Keeping Autistic Son in Urine Soaked Cage
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – A former St. Charles County man accused of keeping his autistic son in a urine and feces soaked cage, has pleaded not guilty to one count of felony child endangerment.
According to court records, Terry Smith entered the plea at his recent arraignment. He is scheduled to stand trial in March 2014, nearly 4 years after an anonymous tip to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline sent authorities to the O’Fallon home.
Smith and his wife, Victoria, allegedly kept the six-year-old boy in a 3 foot by 6 foot cage made out of a crib covered with plywood and held together with zip ties and straps. When he was found in December of 2010, the child was naked sitting on urine and feces soaked bedding.
The boy and his five siblings were removed from their parents care in March of 2013, but later returned.
Victoria is still waiting to be arraigned on the grand jury indictment.