Couple Charged With Keeping Autistic Son, 6, Locked Naked In Cage

Tue, March 19, 2013 4:33pm EDT by 22 Comments
Autistic Child Cage
Courtesy Of St Charles County Department of Corrections

Horror struck a Missouri community when it was revealed that a couple had kept their young son locked in a caged with soiled sheets and fed him food through the bars. They were each charged with a felony for the horrific crime.

Victoria Smith, 42, and her husband Terry Smith, 43, were each charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child on March 15 after authorities found their 6-year-old son, who suffers from a severe form of autism, locked inside a makeshift cage in their basement, naked and covered in his own urine and feces in 2010.

The Missouri couple were investigated after the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline received an anonymous call on Dec. 15, 2010 alerting authorities about the horrific abuse occurring at the Smith home. The tipster also revealed that the boy was often locked in the cage when there wasn’t a government-funded caretaker at the home, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

When authorities arrived, the little boy’s grandmother, 69, was home watching the 6-year-old and his five siblings. She answered the door, and led them to the makeshift cage in the basement.

Authorities Discover Horror In The Smith’s Basement

According to police, the stench of the boy’s urine was so strong while they descended down the stairs, it was almost unbearable. Even though they spotted the boy naked and covered in his own soil, they said he was playing with a few tays and seemed content.

It took authorities a few minutes to open the cage, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. They also noticed other unsanitary conditions in the home, and that the doorknobs were installed backwards on children’s bedrooms so they could be locked from the outside.

They parents were charged each with a felony on March 15, and face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

So tragic. We hope justice is served in this terrible case.

What do YOU think of Victoria and Terry being charged with felonies HollyMoms? Do you think that’s enough? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jana

Posted at 1:17 AM on March 4, 2014  

You are all nuts who posted comments. This child was abused very badly do you people not read and understand the simple truth. The parents should have never treated this child like this. Unacceptable and I hope they burn in hell.

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Timmy Turnner

Posted at 2:10 AM on February 6, 2014  

Dude I can’t believe this those people are nuts I just got done reading an article where a little boy liked getting locked in a cage but his parents didn’t force him into it like Christian Choate and he didn’t get in there for affect like that youtube boy this one liked the cage so much he sneaked his mattress into the cage and he has a treadmill set up in there so he isn’t deprived of creature comforts Hope this woks out

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Jana

Posted at 1:22 AM on March 4, 2014  

Your crazy and who would love to be locked in a cage. They ought to lock you in a cage. Think about what you say because you are an idiot.

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Nat

Posted at 10:43 PM on July 7, 2013  

I have a severly autistic son, and its hard work, i wonder what kind of government help there is for American familys, i never thought to lock my boy in a cage, that said, this family realy should have tried to aqccept the son for who he is, not a dirty little secret that is locked in the basement………its hard to keep these children safe from their own lack of understanding……..but they are the most beautiful children, and the most innocent, as a community please try to remember these familys struggle every second every day, but the cage is just horrible.

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Deadeye

Posted at 6:20 PM on January 13, 2014  

More power to you but what would you do if your son misbehaves? Just tell him to go to his room?
Building a cage would be a good way to scare a misbehaving child into behaving

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Jana

Posted at 1:24 AM on March 4, 2014  

It is horrible about the cage and I hope and pray you do not do your son like that. Do not even think about it.

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Sam

Posted at 4:51 AM on March 26, 2013  

I wonder if it was the grandmother that reported it… Or if the whole family is mentally unstable. Regardless of the fact that he is autistic, this is horrific, the autism however only makes it worse because of his sensory issues. I hope these kids can find a loving home and the parents are forced to face a fate similar to the one they imposed on him.

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Trish

Posted at 8:57 PM on March 23, 2013  

This is sick and makes my heart break! Again shows how anyone can have kids but not everyone can be a parent….these people aren’t even human…I don’t know what they are! Animals treat their young better then these two! 7 years is too little!

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cheaperwaystodothings

Posted at 6:03 AM on March 20, 2013  

Lock them in cage and see how they like it…and no I’m not talking about a prison cage…..One like they made….I’m just shocked that it took 6 years before someone did something….what’s the grandma’s part in this…..

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Michelle

Posted at 5:10 AM on March 20, 2013  

Wow, 7 years thats it!! I hope all of there children are taken away. They dont deserve to be parents. Makes you wonder though who finally told the police…Was it the grandmother? Either way that child has a disorder already and had to endure that. He may never be the same again

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arianna marshay knox

Posted at 10:50 PM on March 19, 2013  

hay I love pretty little liar

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Irene

Posted at 10:31 PM on March 19, 2013  

7 years, will NEVER! be enough for anyone who commits such a horrid crime!

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Megan

Posted at 10:10 PM on March 19, 2013  

Why do people have kids if they can’t or won’t properly take care of them?

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Judy

Posted at 8:49 PM on March 19, 2013  

Why waste tax payers money? They should just be hanged!!! Can’t imagine what that poor baby went through, so sickening.

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Jennifer Benner-Damon

Posted at 8:15 PM on March 19, 2013  

I think those bastards you get the same treatment done to them that they did to their son!!!!

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Jana

Posted at 1:25 AM on March 4, 2014  

Exactly they should get the same treatment. You and I are the only ones on here that have common sense. Hope they rot in hell.

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Ashley

Posted at 6:25 PM on March 19, 2013  

NO!!! Thats not enough, for those sick people, they should be shot

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Deadeye

Posted at 1:00 AM on January 13, 2014  

Nein! Not good enough shooting is too good Throw them in a cage with str8shooter

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kenadi

Posted at 5:57 PM on March 19, 2013  

that poor little boy!!!!!!! If they did that to one kid of their own just imagine what they did to the other kids! ITS SICK AND WRONG IF YOU ASK ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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arianna marshay knox

Posted at 10:48 PM on March 19, 2013  

not really it’s a show not real

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ELVIS PRESLEY

Posted at 4:45 PM on March 19, 2013  

THEY SHOULD JUST GO STRAIGHT TO HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Deadeye

Posted at 10:31 PM on January 12, 2014  

I know someone who’s just as sick a fellow called Godzstr8shooter he’s on Black Eyed Children and he has a little boy in a cage and posted a video of the kid in his tiny cage and every time he tries to escape str8shooter punishes him by stripping the boy naked and shutting him alone in the dark and gives him only a single candy bar for the day and to make things worse He claims to be an ordained minister Preachers aren’t supposed to act like this plus he cusses and threatens anyone who dares to speak out against the horrible abuse he deserves to be hung by his neck until death and I think the smiths should be let off the hook and str8shooter should be thrown in prison for the rest of his life or hung which ever comes first

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