Awful New Details About Wisconsin Grandmother Arrested For The Child Abuse Of A 9-Year-Old Girl Who Was Kept In A Locked Dog Kennel

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Police said "it doesn't get much worse than this."

The Racine County Sheriffs Office arrested a Wisconsin couple after learning they kept the woman's 9-year-old granddaughter who they were responsible for in a dog kennel. 

Police were tipped off to the abuse by someone at the girl's elementary school and learned she was held in the dog kennel every night and occasionally throughout the day.

The kennel was padlocked to prevent her from escaping. 

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The kennel, according to police, is 4-feet wide and 10-feet tall. Officers released a photo of where the girl was kept. 


Police arrested the girl's two caregivers — 47-year-old Gale Lalonde (her grandma) and 48-year-old Dale Deavers — for causing harm to a child, false imprisonment and several other felony charges. 

The girl and another sibling, age 10, were removed from the house and placed into protective custody. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling gave the following statement:

“I was sickened at what I witnessed last night. This by far, is one of the most disturbing and heart-wrenching cases of child abuse I’ve seen, it doesn’t get much worse than this.”

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Detectives found the kennel in the living room of the house with blankets folded inside and a cardboard box underneath it, which is presumed to be a makeshift bed for the girl. 

Fox 8 reported that Lalonde is the girl's grandmother and that she kept her in the cage for at least a week for 12 hours a day. It's not clear if Deavers is related to the victim. 

Police were tipped off by the victim's teacher. 

"You've seen the photo. Cardboard on the floor, a couple of blankets and a padlock,"  said Schmaling. "I wouldn't treat my own dog that way."

Police said there were no dogs in the house. 

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