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N.C. couple kept baby in 'self-made' cage, deputies say

A couple is accused of child abuse after officials discovered that they kept an infant locked in a cage in a home north of Asheville. (Madison County Sheriff’s Office)

MADISON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS/WKRC) - A couple is accused of child abuse after officials discovered that they kept a toddler locked in a cage in a home north of Asheville.

Dashawn Perry wanted to thank friends and strangers for reaching out and offering to make donations and extend a hand, but the N.C. man says his child is doing fine. Perry's 19-month-old son, Lyam, was reportedly kept in a "self-made" cage by his mother.

Haley Trantham and her former boyfriend, Vincent Lee II, 28, are both charged with two counts of neglect. On August 2, the Madison County Sheriff's Office and the Madison County Department of Social Services responded to Ivy Ridge Apartment Drive in Mars Hill in regards to a child neglect complaint. While searching the apartment, deputies found Lyam in the upstairs portion of the home, confined in a cage, and immediately freed him. Detectives investigating the case were able to determine that the child had been confined to the cage for 23 hours or more daily and only given minimal amounts food.

Neighbors told WLOS that they saw police take out a crib and a mattress during the arrests. Perry said social services relayed that the makeshift cage was a crib with a mattress placed on top of it, so Lyam could not get out.

The 23-year-old Trantham, who is no longer with Perry, had joint custody. Perry saw Lyam on weekends but now has temporary full custody.

Trantham was also charged with possession of marijuana.

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