Report: NM boy offered to stay with girl in cage

Posted at: 01/30/2013 10:01 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Police say a boy offered to stay with an 8-year-old girl with developmental disabilities who was locked in a wooden cage before his New Mexico mother left her to watch a movie.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a criminal complaint says the boy offered to stay with the girl because she was asleep and he felt uncomfortable leaving her.

But the complaint said his mother, 33-year-old Cindy Patriarchias, told him that the girl would be "fine."

Patriarchias and her 37-year-old boyfriend Edmond Gonzales are facing child abuse charges after Las Cruces police say they left the girl in the cage and unattended at a mobile home while they took three children to an elementary school Friday to watch a movie.

No attorneys are listed for Patriarchias or Gonzales.

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