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Melvina parents, accused of keeping kids in cages, to be tried in July

Brad Williams

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A Monroe County couple, arrested over a year ago for forcing their children to sit in cages, will go to trial next summer. 

A two-week trial is scheduled to start July 6 for Travis and Amy Headrick of Melvina, Wis.

The Headricks were charged with child abuse and neglect in the summer of 2018 for allegedly keeping their kids, aged 10 and older, in homemade cages for hours at a time. 

The parents claim they confined the children to protect them from injuring themselves or each other.     

The Headricks had been scheduled to reach a plea agreement this month, but chose to go on trial instead.

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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