A Missouri couple is accused of imprisoning four children — all under the age of 13 — in small, crudely constructed wooden boxes with no light and no bathroom access, PEOPLE confirms.
The children, according to police, were found in good health and likely lived in the home under those conditions for at least two weeks. The victims are between the 5 and 12 years old and include one boy and three girls, according to authorities.
The kids’ adoptive mother, a former corrections officer named Laura Cheatham, stands accused with Daryl Head of multiple counts each of kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a child.
The suspects, both 38, have yet to enter pleas and their attorneys could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, St. Francois Sheriff Daniel Bullock detailed the allegations against them.
“I’ve seen some pretty nasty things, but nothing this deplorable,” Bullock said. “This