Ramon Zendejas and Mercadies Williams arrested after NorCal authorities find their two toddler sons locked in cages while executing a search warrant for illegal weapons possessions.
Two parents in northern California have been arrested after authorities found their two toddler sons locked inside cages bolted to a bedroom wall while executing a search warrant for weapons possessions.
Modoc County Sheriff Tex Dowdy said Tuesday that deputies arrested Ramon Alberto Zendejas and his girlfriend, Mercadies Williams– both 25 – on Friday on illegal firearms possession and child endangerment charges.
Both are now in the Modoc County Jail held on $10,000 bail each, Action News Now reported.
Dowdy said deputies went to the home in Tulelake to execute a search warrant for illegal firearms when they found the boys, both under 2, inside two cribs that were stacked on top of each other and attached to the wall.
He said deputies also found three guns, ammunition, suspected methamphetamine and evidence of a butane honey oil lab.
When asked why he believes the parents locked up the children, Sheriff Dowdy said, ‘I suspect it was a way to keep them away from the other items that were located within the residence.’
Not immediately clear is how long the children had been in the cages.
The boys have since been turned over to social services.