9 people in Indiana charged after toddler found locked inside box 


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NORTH JUDSON, Ind. — Authorities in northern Indiana have charged three people with neglect after a 3-year-old girl was found locked inside a wooden box for extended periods of time. Nine people were charged in total.

WSBT-TV reports officers with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at a home in North Judson on Wednesday and found the girl locked inside a plywood box in the living room.

Patricia Meeks. Photo used with permission from WSBT.

Patricia Meeks. Photo used with permission from WSBT.

Forty-two-year-old Donna Short, 25-year-old Christopher Short and 18-year-old Patricia Meeks face neglect charges. It's not clear if they have attorneys who might comment for them. Six other people, including four teenagers, are charged failure to report child abuse.

It wasn't clear why the girl was locked inside the box. She and five juveniles were released to the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services.