KANSAS CITY, MO (WDAF) — A Kansas City, Mo., couple has been charged with child abuse after a 9-year-old girl was found locked in their basement.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker on Wednesday said Timothy A. Phillips, 29, and Lacey A. Chaney, 27, each face child abuse and neglect charges in addition to felonious restraint charges for the mistreatment of Phillips’ 9-year-old daughter.
According to Peters-Baker, a school nurse suspected the 9-year-old was the victim of abuse after the child was sent to her office smelling of urine. The nurse said the girl admitted that her “private parts” hurt.
Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies went to the home to question the parents and they acknowledged the girl was kept in the basement.
According to the probable cause, Timothy Phillips, the girl’s father, said she had a bladder control problem and would urinate on herself. Phillips told authorities that he “cannot afford to keep cleaning up after [her].” He admitted the girl is bathed “every five days or so” because she does not like it.
In the probable cause, an officer at the scene described entering the basement.
“The door was secured by a lock and chain and had an alarm affixed to the frame that sounded an audible alarm when opened from the basement,” the officer wrote. He described the basement as dimly lit with exposed wires and a leaking sewage pipe. The officer said the basement smelled strongly of urine and noticed a blanket that appeared to be used as toilet paper. He found the girl’s clothing in a small pile outside, covered in dirt and smelling of mildew.
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