KANSAS CITY, MO (WTXF) - A Missouri mother is facing child endangerment charges after her children, ages four and six, were found living in a wooden shipping crate in an underground cave in Kansas City.
Daily Mail reports that Brittany Mugrauer was arrested on Friday and presented with felony charges after police found the children during their search for a stolen car.
Jackson County detectives were searching caves on the city’s east side on Thursday, according to Dail Mail, when they stumbled upon the children. They were alone and inside an 8-by-10-foot crate with vehicle bench seats.
According to prosecutors, the children were dirty, barefoot, and had inadequate clothing.
The younger child was allegedly eating dirt and dry ramen noodles from a cup, clad in a t-shirt and shorts.
The older child was reportedly wearing nylon pants that were inches too long.
Daily Mail reports that according to police documents read by the Kansas City Star, the children “stated that they had no toys at the cave, no other clothing, no shoes, and that there was no water or place to cook.”
The documents stated in addition, “The six year old advised that he should be in the 1st grade but that he did not go to school.”
According to the Star, prosecutors have requested bond to be set at $75,000 for Mugrauer after she allegedly told police that she had left the children in the caves for “several days.”