A man and two women were charged with child abuse Wednesday on suspicion of keeping several kids in cages.
The three suspects were identified as James Bond, 69, Pamela Deloris Bond, 66, and 30-year-old Kylla Michelle Mann.
Authorities said the three suspects shared a home in Smiths Station, a small city near the Alabama-Georgia border.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, human resources investigators conducted a welfare check on the home and discovered two wooden cages with locks and hasps.
Four children of ages 3, 4, 10, and 11 were also found at the home.
An investigation revealed evidence that the children had been locked in the cages on multiple occasions, according to authorities.
Authorities said a fifth child, aged 8 months, also resided in the home but was not present at that time.
Bond, Deloris, and Mann were arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child younger than 6 and two counts of reckless endangerment. Deloris Bond was further charged for tampering with physical evidence.
The suspects are being held on bond.