Feb. 11, 2005
A Phoenix woman who along with her
husband kept their 5-year-old twin boys locked in filthy makeshift cages
was sentenced today to six years in prison.
Police found the boys in August 2003 after their 20-year-old brother told an off-duty officer at a grocery store about the squalid living conditions.
When police arrived at the home they found the children inside two cribs that had been wired together and sealed by plastic crates.
Police said the boys couldn't speak and weren't yet toilet-trained.
Etelvina Rodriguez pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted child abuse.
The woman claimed it was her husband, Louis, who forced her to keep the boys locked up. He still is awaiting trial.
The twins and their 8-year-old brother are in foster care, can speak English and are reported to be doing well.