3 suspects arrested in Smiths Station after cages for children found inside home

3 suspects arrested in Smiths Station after cages for children found inside home

SMITHS STATION, Ala. (WTVM) - Three suspects were arrested for child abuse in Smiths Station after a welfare check at a residence in the 5000 block of Lee Road 246.

During the check, Lee County sheriff’s investigators and personnel from the County Department of Human Resources made contact with four children, ages 3, 4 10, and 11 years old.

Investigators saw two wood constructed cages with hasps and locks. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said there was evidence that the children had been locked in the cages on multiple occasions.

John Rigby lives a few doors down from the Smiths Station home. “I’ve seen school buses. You hardly ever see the children. I wouldn’t have known, except for the school buses, that the children were there,” Rigby said.

An 8-month-old child also resided in the home but was not present during the check.

“You see people, you see people come and go. The man is the only one I’ve ever seen over there, but from what I’ve learned, that’s appalling,” Rigby explained.

All children have been removed from the home and are in the care of Lee County D.H.R.

The suspect and their charges are listed below:

Pamela Deloris Bond, 66 from Smith Station

  • Two counts of aggravated child abuse of child less than six years of age
  • Two counts of reckless endangerment
  • One count of tampering with physical evidence
  • $123,000 bond

James H. Bond, 69 of Smith Station

  • Two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child less than six years of age
  • Two counts of reckless endangerment
  • $122,000 bond

Kylla Michelle Mann, 30, of Smith Station

  • Two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child less than six years of age
  • Two counts of reckless endangerment
  • $122,000 bond

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says that Mann is the mother of all five children and James and Pamela Bond are either the children’s grandparents or great-grandparents.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334-749-5651 or Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.

3 arrested after ‘cages’ for children found in Ala. home
3 arrested after ‘cages’ for children found in Ala. home
Smiths Station children allegedly locked in cages
Smiths Station children allegedly locked in cages (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)

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