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Mom: Child welfare officials were OK with cage for toddler

20 May 2017, 12:37 | Lowell Little

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Cecil Eugene Kutz is charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children and three counts of recklessly endangering another person after authorities found his one-day-old daughter, one-year-old son and 22-month-old son alone at home.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - State police at Schuylkill Haven held a press conference Thursday providing additional details about a child locked in a homemade cage and two others left alone in North Manheim Township. On Wednesday morning, she was still bleeding from child birth, so they called an ambulance.

Police eventually arrested Cecil Kutz, 27, the Eagle reported.

The newborn was taken to a hospital for evaluation. He remained jailed Thursday without an attorney. There was a foam mattress, toys and a sippy cup inside the cage. Once she was at the hospital in Pottsville the staff wondered where her newborn baby was, officials arrived here to a shocking scene.

Child welfare then contacted the 38-year-old father, and he arrived about 40 minutes after police discovered the unsupervised children in the dirty home with an unfinished bathroom and exposed wiring. No baby formula was found in the home and there was no "evidence that the baby was fed at all", the affidavit said.

"That makeshift cage has been in that residence for some time", Krute said. When police asked why he left, he said it was to visit George.

Kutz "really didn't seem very concerned" about leaving his children home alone, but the mother expressed alarm and "said this was never done on her watch", the trooper said.

Troopers found a 22-month-old child locked in a cage so small that the toddler couldn't stand up inside.

"We're happy we got there, we're happy Children and Youth is now taking custody of these kids, and we're happy Dad's locked up", he said.

Police said he refused to tell them how long the children had been home alone.

The Children & Youth worker called Kutz and found out he was not at the home.

Kutz was unable to post bail and remains in the Schuylkill County Prison while he awaits his next court date.

Police say the children's mother is hospitalized with complications from the youngest child's birth.

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