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Parents accused of locking child in dog cage

Linda Chamberlain and Nicholas Chamberlain (Pic:  WTAJ-TV)
Linda Chamberlain and Nicholas Chamberlain (Pic: WTAJ-TV)

A couple in Pennsylvania locked their children in a basement dog cage as punishment and even left their six-year-old inside a cage overnight.

Thirty-six-year-old Nicholas Chamberlain and 34-year-old Linda Chamberlain were charged on Friday, said police.

State police troopers said the investigation began on June 19 when police responded to a call of a child refusing to return home in Huntingdon County.

Police said the couple's 13-year-old child escaped to a neighbour's house to call police after the six-year-old was locked in the cage overnight.

The couple also have a 10-year-old.

Online court records do not list attorneys for the Chamberlains, who remain jailed on Monday and face a preliminary hearing August 3.

Both are charged with false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of children. Nicholas Chamberlain is also charged with simple assault.