Authorities say that when Ohio law enforcers entered a house to execute a search warrant for a sexual assault investigation, they found a 3-year-old boy locked in a box and a 2-yearold with drug paraphernalia.
According to authorities, the cage contained a 3-year-old child locked in it. It was secured using zip ties. The cage contained bugs, soiled bedding and a cup of spoiled milk. According to a statement by the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.
A 2-year-old boy was seen walking around the house. He was described as being in “deplorable condition,”According to the statement you were holding a pipe of methamphetamine.
Sixty-one-year-old Ella Webb, the grandmother of both children who had full custody, has been taken into custody at Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Jail and charged with endangering children, According to WBNS, the local outlet.
Webb pleaded guilty to not guilty at Hocking County Municipal court on Monday. He is currently being held on a $200,000 bail, according the outlet.
Franklin, according to authorities, was adopted by Franklin’s parents. “TJ”Megan Smith, 25 and Varney, 38, left the scene and fled with the children because of their connections to the investigation into sexual assault.
The sheriff’s office stated that both children were taken into emergency custody by South Central Ohio Job and Family Services and placed into emergency foster care.
According to the statement, child endangerment charges were brought against both parents by Hocking County Sheriff’s Office. The warrants for nationwide arrest were requested from the court.
“I very, very strongly encourage Mr. Varney and Ms. Smith to immediately surrender themselves to law enforcement,” Hocking County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Caleb Moritz said in the statement.
“If they choose to run from their responsibilities, as they did tonight, the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office will tirelessly leverage every local, state and federal resource available to bring these two to justice.”
If you have any information, please call 740 385-2131 or send an anonymous SMS to 740 380-HCSO.