Cage mom pleads guilty

3:42 PM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
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BRADFORD COUNTY, Pennsylvania (WBRE) -- A Bradford County mother who was charged with locking her daughter in a make-shift cage pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon.

Mary Beth Frankenfield faced a judge in Towanda and admitted she put the girl with special needs in danger.

When charges were initially filed in June, Mary Beth Frankenfield faced two felony charges.

On Thursday, the one charge she pleaded guilty to was amended downward to a misdeameanor, but she could still face up to five years in prison.

The charge Frankenfield pleaded guilty to was endangering the welfare of a child.

Over a three-year period, she admitted locking her daughter with cerebral palsy in a make-shift cage inside a home on Route 220 in Albany Township.

The girl was between the ages of 10 and 12 at the time.

The cage was made from an old baby's crib and plywood.

The girl was also routinely locked in a bedroom closet.


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