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Huntingdon County pair accused of locking 3 children in a dog cage

State police arrested a Huntingdon pair for allegedly locking three children in a cage.
State police arrested a Huntingdon pair for allegedly locking three children in a cage. bmilazzo@centredaily.com

Three children — ages 6, 10 and 13 — were allegedly locked in a cage, according to a Friday release from state police at Huntingdon.

Police investigated it as a false imprisonment case that occurred between May 1 and June 19. Police say they received a call at 8:58 p.m. June 19 about a child refusing to go home.

“Through the course of the investigation it is alleged the (children) were placed in a dog cage in the cellar of the residence as punishment,” the release said.

The 6-year-old was placed in the cage and locked in overnight, police say, and the 13-year-old escaped to a neighbor’s home to call police, according to the release.

Linda Chamberlain, 34, was charged with two felonies: false imprisonment of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child, according to court documents.

Nicholas Chamberlain, 36, was charged with felony false imprisonment of a minor, felony endangering the welfare of a child and misdemeanor simple assault, according to court documents.

They were taken into custody in Blair County and arraigned before Judge Mary Jamison. Bail was set at $50,000 cash for each.

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