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Monroe County parents accused of keeping kids in cages have plea in October



A Monroe County couple accused of keeping their kids in homemade cages could avoid a trial on child abuse charges.

Travis and Amy Headrick of Melvina were scheduled for a plea hearing next week, but that has been postponed until October.

Last August, the Headricks were charged with forcing their children to remain confined in cages that were tied shut.

Investigators say the children, all age 10 or older, have conditions such as attention deficit disorder, and Mrs. Headrick claims the kids were being separated to avoid harming themselves.

Demonstrators have protested outside the courthouse in Sparta during previous hearings for the Headricks, criticizing judges for letting the couple out of jail.

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. frank johnson

    August 17, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    No, let them face a jury!

  2. Ann

    August 20, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    They should get some time in prison for what they did to those kids. No matter if they have learning or any type of disability the parents need to be locked up like the kids were.not let free to do it again an letting them see some of the kids for what they did they shouldn’t see them at all they deserve a better life than them

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