Trial date set for Jonesborough couple accused of caging autistic girl

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A trial date has been set for a Tennessee couple accused of keeping a child with autism locked in a cage.

Mickey Sparks, age 69, and Patricia Laws, age 43 were arrested in February after there were reports of a child being kept in a cage at the home. When deputies entered a bedroom they found a locked wooden cage on a mattress and a 10-year-old child inside. The cage smelled of urine and feces, according to the report.

Also, investigators found three other children inside the home. The children are now in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services.

The suspects face charges for aggravated child abuse and neglect. 

A judge on Wednesday set their trial for October 9 and 10, 2018.

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