Mom: Child welfare officials were OK with cage for toddler

Police have found a toddler locked inside a makeshift wooden cage while his day-old sister and one-year-old brother were found alone in the same house.

Cecil Eugene Kutz is charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children and three counts of recklessly endangering another person after authorities found his one-day-old daughter, one-year-old son and 22-month-old son alone at home. She suffered heavy bleeding and Kutz called an ambulance for her around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say that when Kutz, 37, returned home he was taken into custody.

As of Thursday, their father remains jailed.

Pennsylvania State Police will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Thursday.

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Hospital staff notified state police about the toddlers and newborn at home alone and that's when troopers made the alarming discovery.

Authorities said the cage, which was not tall enough for the boy to stand in, was locked from the outside with a barrel bolt.

"'Where's the baby?' She said, 'The baby's at home.' That put up a red flag."
Kutz told police he had gone to visit his wife in the hospital.

Police said he refused to tell them how long the children had been home alone.

The father confessed to using the cage as a makeshift crib to keep the boy "safe" at night. "He told me he's done it in the past, that it's not the first time he put him in that contraption". He was arrested and taken to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail. A 22-month-old boy was found locked inside the homemade cage that was was "constructed from plywood and lattice [with] a door on it which was locked from the outside", the station reports, citing an arrest affidavit.

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Police say the children's mother Tiffany George had earlier been taken to hospital suffering from complications from the youngest child's birth.

The Children & Youth worker called Kutz and found out he was not at the home.

On Tuesday night, the mother gave birth to their third child, inside the residence.

This undated photo provided by the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville, Pa., shows Cecil Kutz, charged with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment.

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