Autistic Boys Caged 'to Keep Them Safe,' Suspect Testifies

A Vancouver, Wash., man accused of imprisoning his two autistic sons in a room with a "cage-like" door testified that he'd heard on TV that it was OK to lock a child in a room for safety, and his former live-in girlfriend broke down in tears on the stand. John Eckhart, 31, and Alayna Higdon, 27, locked up the two boys, ages 5 and 7, "to keep them safe...so they wouldn't get hurt when we weren't' immediately available," Higdon told the jury on Friday, wiping her eyes. The couple, who were...Full Story
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