Parents Arrested for Keeping Child in Cage

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The Otoe County Sheriff's Department responded to a domestic dispute call in Burr, Nebraska Saturday, and discovered a cage-like confinement at the residence that was regularly used for disciplining a 3-year-old boy.

Deputies responded to the call at 462 Main Street in Burr where Louis Arms and Kelsi Gaube invited the officer on scene into their home to discuss the dispute. It was then that Arms said he had something he wanted to show the deputy.

"He (the officer) was shown a closet that had a cage-type contraption in front of it. It appeared to be a homemade cage using possibly crib-type bars in front of a closet. The closet area was approximately two feet deep and five feet wide. They (Arms and Gaube) indicated this was what they called "A Prison," where they would discipline their child and leave him in there for hours at a time," said David Partsch, Otoe County Attorney.

The boy, who is Arms's son, wasn't being disciplined at the time the officer was on the scene, and has since been placed with relatives and is in good physical health. Both Arms and Gaube were charged with felony intentional child abuse, along with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana for items located within the residence.

Both Arms and Gaube face a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Neither have a prior criminal record.