Washington couple accused of locking autistic children in caged room.
A Vancouver, Washington couple is accused of keeping two autistic children in a caged room in their apartment.
John Eckhart, 30, and Alayna Higdon, 26, were arrested after police, following up on a tip from child protective services, went inside their home Tuesday.
The couple appeared in Clark County Superior Court Wednesday morning on accusations of child mistreatment.
Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said two children had been confined to a room in the apartment that had been turned into a cage.
She said Eckhart was the father of the autistic children and Higdon was his girlfriend.
Police said they found two boys, age 6 and 7, in diapers in the home, in a room caged-shut.
Two other children were also in the home. They were all placed in state custody.