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Woman admits to caging child

on November 01, 2013 10:30 AM

TOWANDA (AP) — A northern Pennsylvania mother has admitted keeping her 12-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy, in a makeshift cage and in a locked closet.

Mary Beth Frankenfield, of Dushore, pleaded guilty Thursday in Bradford County Court to a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment. She will be sentenced Nov. 25.

Investigators said starting in December 2010, Frankenfield and her husband, Richard Frankenfield, routinely locked the 10-year-old girl in a cage made from a crib and plywood and forced her to stay there for extended periods.

The parents told police they wanted to protect her from getting into things.

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