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Sheriff: Madison County couple kept infant in cage 23 hours each day

Posted August 4

Haley Trantham, left, and Vincent Lee II were charged with two counts of child abuse.

— Authorities arrested two people on Wednesday after finding an infant confined in a homemade cage.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that deputies responded to a Mars Hill home after a complaint of child neglect. When they arrived to search the home, authorities found the child in the cage.

Deputies got the infant out of the cage and took the child to get medical treatment. Detectives determined the infant was confined to the cage for 23 hours or more each day and only given minimal amounts of food.

Haley Trantham and Vincent Lee II were arrested and both charged with two counts of child abuse. Trantham was also charged with possession of marijuana.


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  • Gail Dragon Aug 4, 2:10 p.m.
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    Life without parole.

  • carolinej Aug 4, 12:48 p.m.

    God bless this baby and bless the person who reported the parents. Their punishment should be severe.

  • Brenda Lawrence Aug 4, 12:14 p.m.
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    Sterilization for both...then their own jail "cage". And that's too good for them!

  • Karen Orndorff Aug 4, 12:09 p.m.
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    She don't look like that on facebook, could be drugs.

  • Barbara Horton Aug 4, 12:06 p.m.
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    So sad. I feel bad when my dog is crated for 8 hours while I am at work!! How does a parent do this???

  • Phillip Mozingo Aug 4, 12:06 p.m.
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    WOW! Where do these people come from?

  • Marie Brandsdorfer Aug 4, 12:01 p.m.
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    This is just disgusting how can anyone be so heartless!
    I hope they put them under the dang jail!
    What is wrong with people these days?

  • Chad Weaver Aug 4, 11:53 a.m.
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    These two need to suffer the same fate, 23 hours a day for 23 years.

  • Reggie Berryman Aug 4, 11:18 a.m.
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    Wow, the things that goes on behind closed doors!

  • Ricky Parker Aug 4, 8:03 a.m.
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    Put them in jail their own little cage,and give them bread and water once in the morning and once of the evening,very uneducated individuals when it comes to parenting and not understanding tht children are a gift from GOD....