Nine people have been arrested after police found a three-year-old girl asleep inside a wooden box. Officers in Indiana, US, say the youngster, who was rarely spoken to, would be kept in the two-foot-square box in the living room for “extended periods of time”.
Police found the girl asleep, curled up inside the box with the lid down. They said the box contained lots of dead insects. Those arrested include the girl’s father, Christopher Short, 25, his 42-year-old wife Donna and Patricia Meeks, 18. They face neglect charges, while six others were charged with failing to report child abuse.
Police went to the house after a tip-off from Mrs Short’s ex-husband, who is in prison. The girl is now in protective custody, and five other children also found in the home have been taken into state care.