Dad Put Kids in a Cage Because He Couldn't Find a Baby Sitter

Ricardo Gonzalez had to bring his two small children to work every day because he can't find a baby sitter. That in itself isn't bad, but Gonzalez went one step further: he locked his kids in a cage while he works!

Whenever Ricardo Gonzalez went to a job site in his pickup truck, he never let his small children out of his sight. So protective was the 35-year-old south suburban man, he kept his daughters in a makeshift cage inside the truck, officials say.

One of the girls told an investigator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services that her father locks them up because "he does a very dangerous job," according to state records reviewed by the Tribune. "My dad tightens both of us with his belt by my leg and my sister was [on] the other side of the cage tight with another belt."

The Chicago Tribune has the story: Link (with video) - Thanks Claire!

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Holly Crap, this Ricardo is Retardo. This is serious, those children are going to end up so messed up. They should be taken from these parents care (if you can call it care) thank goodness this was realized before if escalated.
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A crib or playpen is not the same thing as keeping a child in a cage in your car (although earl's parents must've used a special playpen with a Plexiglas top and no ventilation, since he thinks they're the same thing). Kids have died from being left in cars in the summertime.
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