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Monroe County couple pleading ‘not guilty’ to keeping children in cages



Travis and Amy Headrick appeared before a Monroe County judge on Wednesday

A Monroe County couple pleads ‘not guilty’ to charges of confining their children in cages at the family’s Melvina home.

Travis and Amy Headrick are suspected of child abuse, reckless endangerment, and false imprisonment.

Amy is charged on nine criminal counts, while an extra 10th charge of physical abuse has been filed against Travis.

Police found evidence last summer that the Headrick children, ages 10 to 15, were often placed inside homemade cages and lived in filthy conditions at the family home.

The parents have claimed that confining the kids was a way to keep them under control. Amy Headrick told police that the kids were kept apart to keep them from harming themselves and each other.

The Headricks were arrested last August, after a search of their house.

Their next hearing has been scheduled for July, in case a plea agreement is reached by that time.

The Headricks have claimed that confining the kids was a way to keep them under control.

Those criminal counts include child abuse or neglect, and reckless endangerment of children.

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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  1. Dan Schaitel

    July 13, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Has their been any new developments in the case of the melvina couple accused of child neglect, endangerment?

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