Police officers have arrested a couple from San Bernardino County, California after they were accused of beating two children with a horse whip and keeping one of the children locked inside a cage for more than one month. According to a Los Angeles Times report, the couple, identified as 51-year-old Lynferd Schwartz and 49-year-old Carrie Schwartz, 49, were taken into custody on Wednesday.
The arrests were made after a follow up call was made from the Children and Family Services at a home in the 35000 block of Riverview Lane in the town of Hinkley. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office has issued a press release detailing the horrible conditions in which the children were found. Both the kids were 17-year-old teenagers, the news release confirmed.
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The press release issued by the Sheriff confirmed that the incident that led to the twin arrests happened on August 17. Here are a few excerpts from the press release.
“On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Deputy Bennington from the Barstow Sheriff’s Station responded to the 35000 block of Riverview Lane, in the town of Hinkley, on a follow-up for Child Family Services.
“Deputy Bennington learned two 17 year olds were being whipped with a 5 foot long horse whip. One victim had scarring on both of his arms and legs. The other victim was kept in a locked cage for approximately one month, from June to July. The victim was only let out of the cage for meals and was forced to use a bucket as a restroom.”
The press release went on to add that one of the boys was kept in a small 4 foot by 4 foot steel cage. It was equipped with padlocks. There was also a baby monitor in place that pointed directly toward the cage. This, according to the police was installed to alert the couple in case there was some movement inside the cage. Apart from the two 17-year-old teenagers who were subject to abuse, police officers also found a 17-year-old female from the home. All three kids have since then been removed from the home by Child Family Services. At this time, it remains unclear if the female child found inside the home was also subjected to such torture.
The couple Carrie and Lynferd Schwartz were charged with Felony Child Cruelty. Both have been booked into the Barstow Jail. The bail amount for both were set at $100,000 each.
Meanwhile, authorities are calling out to members from the general public to help them book the culprits. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has urged anyone who has additional information regarding this case to contact Deputy Bennington at 760-256-4838. In case you know more about this case, but do not wish to reveal your identity, you an also report about it anonymously.
“Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the WE-Tip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the WE-Tip Hotline at http://www.wetip.com.”, THE press release read.
The news of this terrible incident comes just one day after The Inquisitr reported about the case of Bert Franklin, an Oklahoma dentist who was caught on camera inflicting physical abuse on a 19-month-old toddler.
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In the video, Bert is seen hitting the toddler and then walking nonchalantly across the house as the baby lay injured. In one part of the video, Bert Franklin is seen grabbing a piece of pizza as he carelessly holds the injured child in his hands. In another similar incident, an eight-month-old baby from Atlanta died after her mom beat her using a belt. Baby Kamoni, passed away on August 13 following which the mother was charged with murder.
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