Nevada Parents Arrested After 11-Year-Old Son with Autism Found Locked in Filthy Metal Cage

Police alleged in an arrest declaration that the cage was “similar to a jail cell”

<p>Henderson Police Dept.</p> Jeffery Scanlan, Misty Scanlan<p>Henderson Police Dept.</p> Jeffery Scanlan, Misty Scanlan

Henderson Police Dept.

Jeffery Scanlan, Misty Scanlan

Two Nevada dad and mom have been arrested after police have been known as to their house about faculty truancy points and allegedly found the couple’s 11-year-son locked inside a grimy cage, authorities mentioned.

On April 23, Misty Scanlan, 46, and Jeffery Scanlan, 41, have been taken into custody and booked into the Henderson Detention Center on one rely every of kid abuse/neglect, the Henderson Police Department mentioned in an announcement.

At 10:15 a.m. that morning, Henderson Police officers responded to the 2000 block of Silverton Drive to assist the Clark County School District Police Department with a truancy subject involving a scholar, the Henderson Police Department mentioned in the assertion.

A truancy officer who had been to the house earlier mentioned nobody had answered the door, however the officer “could hear a child screaming and a gate rattling inside,” in accordance with a declaration of arrest obtained by PEOPLE.

On April 23, officers waited for about 40 minutes exterior the Scanlans’ home for somebody to open the door, in accordance with the arrest declaration.

When Jeffery lastly opened the door, he allegedly instructed police his youngsters had missed faculty as a result of they have been sick, the declaration mentioned.

Officers requested Jeffery if they may examine on his youngsters and he mentioned sure.

Once inside, the officers allegedly discovered an 11-year-old boy inside a big enclosure which had metallic bars and locked doorways that was “similar to a jail cell,” in accordance with the declaration.

The cage, which was in the lounge, had feces on its flooring and partitions, the declaration alleged.

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The boy, who Jeffery recognized as his son, had been recognized with “extreme Autism spectrum dysfunction,” according to the declaration.

Jeffery allegedly told officers they kept the boy, who was wearing only a diaper, in the cage because the boy is “big and strong” and “can be very aggressive when he wants something,” according to the declaration.

The rest of the house was “extreme disarray and smelled of feces,” the declaration alleged.

While searching the home, police allegedly found two bedrooms with little or no furniture with feces on the walls, ceilings, and floors, according to the declaration.

Three other children were at home when the officers came for the welfare check. Misty came home after work, according to the declaration.

Child Protective Services responded to help police and removed other children from the home, the release said.

The Scanlans were released on a $5,000 bond each on April 24, KLAS reports. They are scheduled to appear in court in May.

It is unclear whether they have retained attorneys.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4911, 3-1-1, or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

If you suspect child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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