Pair arrested on outstanding child abuse warrants found with ‘jail cell’ cage to punish children

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Updated: Mar. 6, 2020 at 9:23 PM CST
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ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A man and woman were arrested last night in Lufkin after officers found evidence that two children, ages four and five, were being put into a type of dog cage for long periods of time as a form of punishment.

36-year-old Joshua Turner and 27-year-old Courtney Parish both face charges of child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine. Angelina County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Alton Lenderman tells us the outstanding warrants for child endangerment came from an ongoing child protection services case.

Joshua Turner
Joshua Turner((Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office))

Lenderman says the children called the cage a “jail cell”. Investigators say the children were fed only two pieces of bread and water while being held in the cage.

Courtney Parrish
Courtney Parrish((Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office))

“This is a very horrible case,” Lenderman said. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that the suspect’s in this case are brought to justice and everything in our power to make sure these children are safe.”

The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office and CPS are both handling this investigation.

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