FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) _ Investigators say a Missouri woman accused of
barricading four children in tiny rooms with no access to water or toilets had
child-sized inmate uniforms made for them.
Thirty-eight-year-olds Daryl Justen Head and Laura Elizabeth Cheatham face
child endangerment and kidnapping charges. Police and state workers found four
children inside windowless rooms blocked by plywood at the couple's home in
Farmington. The kids, who had been adopted by Cheatham and her estranged
husband, are in state custody.
The St. Francois County Sheriff's Department says Cheatham worked for the
Missouri Department of Corrections until recently resigning. Authorities say she
ordered four small inmate uniforms in January from a prison clothing division.
Authorities have not discussed a potential motive. The suspects are jailed on
$500,000 bond and do not yet have attorneys.
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