box cagePrepare to be absolutely disgusted by a recent, totally revolting story out of New Mexico ... A woman named Cindy Patriarchias and her boyfriend, Edmond Gonzales, locked up an 8-year-old girl with developmental disabilities in a wooden cage, then left her alone while they headed out with Patriarchias' three other children to an elementary school to watch a movie, police said today. The disturbing situation was unveiled to authorities by Patriarchias' estranged husband, who learned that the girl was unattended at the family's mobile home. Ughh.

When the cops got to the home, they discovered a "large homemade wooden cage in the corner of a bedroom with the girl inside." The cage was described as having "two latches on the door, a baby crib's mattress inside, and was about 2 1/2 feet wide and 4 feet inches tall," according to police. And oh, yeah, there are even MORE stomach-turning details ...

The police explained to the Associated Press that Patriarchias had actually been trying to adopt the girl, who suffers from microcephaly (a condition that causes people to develop with an abnormally small head). But she hadn't been able to reach the girl's birth mother to get her consent.

UH, thank goodness for that! Wouldn't be surprised if the universe was at play here, standing in the way of this adoption, because in the wake of what went down here, it sounds like just about the worst possible idea EVER. How in the world could this woman think she was a fit parent? Who in their right mind would do something like this to ANY child?

The only silver lining: Police said the girl didn't appear to have any physical injuries, and she was placed under the care of New Mexico's child-protection agency.

Anyone who is remotely human realizes what happened here is a total, real life nightmare -- for which there really is no excuse. With hope, Patriarchias and Gonzales will have to face the harshest punishment for their charges of negligently causing child abuse and, in Gonzales' case, negligently permitting child abuse. Fingers crossed they continue to be kept far away not only from this poor girl but other children, who could be in danger, as well.

How sick and crazy is this? Can you believe Patriarchias was about to adopt the girl?


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