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Parents accused of caging kids will be set for trial

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Picketers stood outside the Sparta courthouse last summer, when Travis and Amy Headrick appeared in court

A Monroe County couple accused of keeping their children inside cages will be scheduled to go on trial. 

Travis and Amy Headrick of Melvina were charged last summer with multiple counts of child neglect and false imprisonment. 

Investigators say the children, all at least 10 years old, are mostly adopted, and have conditions such as OCD.

Amy Headrick has told police that the kids were being separated to avoid harming themselves and each other, calling the cages “glorified cribs.” They were apparently put into homemade cages, tied shut for several hours a day.

One child was found in a horse trough with zip ties.

At a hearing on Wednesday, a sheriff’s investigator testified about conditions at the Headrick house, where the children would spend hours in filthy cages, and reportedly also were beaten. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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