Boy with autism placed in dog kennel in Anaheim; parents arrested

July 03, 2014

by ABC 7 - Los Angeles
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) --
The parents of an 11-year-old boy with autism have been arrested for allegedly keeping him in a large dog kennel at their home in Anaheim.

An anonymous call tipped off authorities to a home on the 1300 block of Garrett Street Tuesday night. Investigators say they found a large cage with a mattress inside.

The child was not inside the cage when police arrived, but investigators say, based on the evidence, they believed that the boy had been kept in there.

Loi Vu, 40, and Tracy Trang Lee, 35, told authorities they were keeping their son inside the cage for his own protection. They said it was to help control his behavior and frequent "outbursts."

"We did develop information here at the home and our preliminary investigation indicates that as the boy has gotten older, his outbursts have turned violent. They've had difficulty controlling him. This may have been their effort to try to control him better," said Lt. Bob Dunn with the Anaheim Police Department.

It's still unclear how long the boy was kept in the cage or how often he was in there. The parents were arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment and false imprisonment.

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