Charges on the parents were later dropped saying they were kept in those cribs to prevent them from touching the other dangerous things like drugs and guns at the residence.
We often think children are the safest when they are with their parents. However, some instances change this perception and show us how adults can also fail to do their duties. One such incident was reported from California.
According to ABC News, officers arrived at Ramon Zendejas and Mercadies Williams' house with a warrant to search their property for illegal weapons. During the search, they found drugs, guns, and the horrific condition in which their children were left in.
Officers were shocked to find two kids, who were about 22 months old in wooden cradles stacked on top of each other and fixed to the wall. "While serving the search warrant deputies located three guns, ammunition, evidence of a butane honey oil lab, meth, and two small boys in separate modified cribs stacked on top of each other and secured to the wall like dog crates," stated the sheriff's office after the search.
Police then arrested the couple. Zendejas was booked with "charges of being a prohibited person in possession of firearms, prohibited person in possession of ammunition, possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment." His bail has been set for $10,000.
Meanwhile, the woman "was booked into the Modoc County Jail on charges of being a prohibited person in possession of firearms, prohibited person in possession of ammunition, and child endangerment."
However, the couple's child endangerment charges were later dropped. Modoc County Sheriff, Tex Dowdy stated that the charges were dropped on grounds of thinking that the parents kept the kids in closed cribs to prevent them from coming in contact with the dangerous weapons and drugs at their residence.
"It's my understanding that they were struggling with keeping the kids in their cribs. The kids were able to crawl out. It's just speculation, but I would assume that they were trying to keep them away from the various items that were located in the house," Dowdy told ABC News.
With the charges dropped, Williams was released from custody.
Further, District Attorney Sam Kyllo confirmed that the kids were not seen to be mistreated by the couple in spite of the way they were found. He also added that the cribs used were available online.
"There is no evidence that the children were being cared for inappropriately. As I said before, these are cribs, not cages — they're just stackable cribs," said Kyllo, according to USA Today. Besides the child endangerment charges, charges related to an alleged butane honey oil lab in the house have also been dropped.
On the other hand, Dowdy stated the officers were not expecting to find kids in something that looked more like a crate than a crib. "It was of shocking to see that people would have their kids in a … well, there's no other way to explain it, it looked much like a crate situation. It's kind of shocking to see anything like that. I couldn't believe the kids were housed like that," according to ABC News. He further added that the kids were put in child protective custody. He also confirmed they were healthy and didn't appear malnourished.
Meanwhile, an investigation against the couple was opened after they found shell casings on their property. This indicated that the couple, who were not allowed to possess firearms may have some illegally.
Though the couple did not have the intention of harming the children, they put the lives of those young kids at risk by storing drugs and other illegal ammunition on their residential premises.