Couple arrested after children found trapped in boxes secured with plywood & screws

38-year-old Daryl Justen Head and 38-year-old Laura Elizabeth Cheatham have each been charged with 5 Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child Creating Substantial Risk 1st Degree and 3 Counts of Kidnapping 2nd Degree

Four children were found Tuesday inside rooms "smaller than a jail cell" with no windows, lighting or plumbing at a Farmington, Missouri, home, police said.

The adoptive mother at the center of a child abuse case in Farmington wanted her four children to wear prison uniforms, the St. Francois County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Justen and Cheatham, both 38, were charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, three counts of second-degree kidnapping in connection with the incident.

Police say two of the children are related to each-other, but none of them are related to Cheatham, her ex-husband, or Head. The kids, whose ages range from 6-12, had no access to water, restrooms or windows, and the home reeked of urine. He had no information on a possible motive.

Officials told reporters they feared the children may have been kept in the homemade boxes for weeks.

"Once investigators gained entry into the home, they discovered a 38-year-old female removing screws from plywood covering the entrance to small rooms and children coming out from behind the plywood", the release states.

A man and woman are in custody after the St. Francois County Sheriff's Office said a hotline report revealed four children being held in special rooms secured with plywood and screws.

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5 On Your Side discovered Cheatham and Head started a nonprofit past year created to help children with Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Officials believe that the children had to use vents in the floor for bathrooms.

A couple has been charged with eight counts of child endangerment and kidnapping for allegedly trapped four children in plywood boxes inside a Missouri home.

"I've seen some pretty nasty things, but nothing this deplorable", St. Francois Sheriff Daniel Bullock stated.

"You do see it a lot in children from foster care and adopted children because of that early life experience, you know, neglect, multiple caregivers", she said. Their bond is set for $500,000 for each count.

As it is an ongoing investigation, the couple could face additional charges if more incriminating evidence emerges.

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