‘Who Are The Ohio Toddler Parents? Parents, Grandmother Arrested After Toddler Found Locked In Bug-Infested Cage’ On Sunday, Ohio officers looking into a report of a sexual assault discovered a child caged and another holding a meth pipe.
Who Are The Ohio Toddler Parents? Parents, Grandmother Arrested After Toddler Found Locked In Bug-Infested Cage
The Hocking County Sheriff’s Office arrested the children’s parents, 38-year-old Franklin “TJ” Varney and 25-year-old Megan Smith, and the toddlers’ grandmother, 61-year-old Ella Webb, and charged with child endangering, WFMJ reported.
All three were arraigned in court on Wednesday. After the proceedings, Varney insisted the charges were “bogus” as he was led away by deputies.
“I was just protecting my son from burning the house down while he was asleep,” Varney told a WTTE reporter. “He was not in a cage. He was in a play pin with a top on so that he couldn’t get out and grab a lighter, ma’am. There was no child endangering. It was just actually protecting him for his own safety because he gets a hold of lighters, and he’s two years old and will catch the house on fire,
According to deputies, a 3-year-old boy was found in a makeshift cage with zip ties that was stuffed with bugs, filthy bedding, and a cup of rancid milk. A methamphetamine pipe was being carried about by a 2-year-old girl.
According to the sheriff’s office, Varney and Smith, who were involved in the sexual assault investigation, fled the residence, abandoning the children to their grandmother, and were captured on Monday, according to WSAZ.
The children have been placed in emergency foster care. Webb, Varney, and Smith were given $200,000 bonds each on Wednesday, WTTE said. A grand jury will now consider their cases for indictment.
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