Couple identified in case of children kept in makeshift cages in Monroe County

SPARTA, Wis. (WISC-TV) - A southwestern Wisconsin couple accused of keeping children in cages has been charged with reckless endangerment, child neglect and false imprisonment.

Monroe County authorities filed nine felony counts apiece against 46-year-old Travis Lanier Headrick and 39-year-old Amy Michelle Headrick on Monday.

Authorities say officers arrested them Friday after receiving evidence that they were keeping children in makeshift cages at a home in the Village of Melvina. Authorities searched the home and found the children.

According to the complaint, a detective said five children were in the house -- four adopted and one biological. When authorities entered they found one child in a horse trough secured with zip-ties and another child in a locked cage.

Amy Headrick said the children were caged to protect themselves.

Bail was set at $20,000 apiece at their bond hearings Monday. They're due back in court Sept. 6.

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