Tulelake couple accused of keeping children in 'cages' will not face child endangerment charges

Prosecutors in Modoc County said they will not pursue child endangerment charges against two parents police said were keeping their children in cages at their home.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 4:45 AM
Updated: Apr 24, 2019 3:57 PM

UPDATE 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Prosecutors in Modoc County said they will not pursue child endangerment charges against two parents police said were keeping their children in cages at their home. 

Sheriff's deputies were serving a search warrant at the home of Mercadies Williams and Ramon Zendejas when they found the couple's young boys in modified cribs authorities called cages. 

However, the Modoc County District Attorney said the crims did not endanger the children, therefore, the parents will not face the endangerment charges. 

The couple does still face charges for misdemeanor methamphetamine possession. 

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TULELAKE, Calif.- A couple is behind bars on multiple charges after deputies discovered two young children kept in cages in their home. 

The Modoc County Sheriff's Office arrested Ramon Zendejas and Mercadies Williams, both 25-years-old, on child endangerment, drug and weapons charges. 

In their Tulelake home on County Road 101, deputies say they found children in two modified cribs stacked on top of each other and secured to the wall like dog crates. 

Investigators say evidence suggests that the two ran a butane honey oil lab out of the home. 

In the home, deputies say they also found three guns, ammunition and a substance suspected to be meth. 

Both are now in the Modoc County Jail held on $10,000 bail each. 

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