Two Washington state autistic children, ages 5 and 7, were rescued earlier this month after child protective services reported their abuse speculations to the police. Police arrested the father, John Eckhart, 30 and his girlfriend Alayna Higdon, 26 after finding the children living under inhumane conditions. The children were found sharing a single mattress, wearing diapers and locked up in a room which had been converted to a cage. The room was reportedly dark, the boys were without any toys to play with and were not getting their medical needs met. The boys were also not in school. Police found two other children in the apartment, boys as well, ages 9 and 11 months, in the family’s apartment, but said that they were all living amongst garbage.
According to KTAL Channel 6, the Vancouver, Washington Police Department wrote this about the boys in their police report:
They boys were…reaching their arms through to try to grab on to me…making moaning noises…tapped their finger together through the holes between…strong smell of urine.
Officials have charged the couple with two counts of unlawful imprisonment and d0mestic violence. The minimum sentence would be 6 months, the maximum sentence — 5 years. All four children have been removed from the home and placed in the custody of the state. The boys biological mother of the Autistic children, Jona Bronson, is reportedly trying to regain custody.