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Parents Accused Of Locking Their 11-Year-Old Autistic Son In A Cage

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Police on Tuesday arrested the parents of an 11-year-old boy with autism who were allegedly keeping their son inside a cage as a means of managing his violent outbursts.

Anaheim Police were following up on a tip about a boy who was locked in a cage when they found exactly that, KTLA reports. When police entered the home, they encountered a large cage that contained a mattress and the boy. The parents—Tracy Trange Le, 35, and Loi Vu, 40—reportedly locked their son in the cage as a way of coping with his frequent violent outbursts. He had no injuries or other signs of abuse, and police are not sure how long he had been in the cage.

Trange and Vu have been arrested for suspicion of felony child endangerment and false imprisonment, and their two other children have been removed from the home along with the boy.

Anaheim PD's Lt. Bob Dunn said that while locking your child in a cage "may not be the best course of action" for dealing with the kind of issues the boy was said to have, perhaps some good will come out of the situation and the family can get the help they need.