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Crime Joshua Tree, California couple released from jail, but still face abuse charges

22:21  06 march  2018
22:21  06 march  2018 Source:   latimes.com

Calif. couple arrested after locking 3 kids in box for 4 years, authorities say

  Calif. couple arrested after locking 3 kids in box for 4 years, authorities say A Joshua Tree couple were arrested Thursday after allegedly keeping their three children locked in a box for four years, authorities said. San Bernardino County deputies found the children, aged 11,13 and 14, in a plywood box with no electricity or running water on Sun Fair Road in Joshua Tree, according to the Sheriff's Department. Authorities said the box was 20 feet long, 10 feet wide and 4 feet high.Authorities found mounds of trash and human feces throughout the property. Between 30 and 40 cats were roaming freely and inside a travel trailer on the property.

Joshua Tree couple facing child abuse charges for raising children. A Joshua Tree couple arrested last week after authorities discovered their three children living in a wooden box-like Joshua Tree couple are released from jail but still face child abuse charges .

A Joshua Tree couple arrested last week after authorities discovered their three children living in a wooden box-like structure were released Tuesday, March 6, from jail and greeted outside by friends Kirk and Panico both said they were happy to be out of jail but remain in shock over their arrests.

A judge on Tuesday released Daniel Panico and Mona Kirk on their own recognizance, five days after the Joshua Tree couple was arrested when a deputy found their three children living in a plywood shack.

Dozens of supporters were at the Joshua Tree courthouse Tuesday morning to show their support for the parents.

They wore red paper hearts on their clothing to show their love for the family. Before the hearing, supporters rallied outside the courthouse, carrying signs that read, "Reunite this family," and "Being homeless is not a crime."

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  Couple arrested after 3 kids found living in filthy desert shack A Joshua Tree couple is being held on child-cruelty charges after officials found three children living in a plywood shack.The children were described as 14, 13 and 11 years of age.

A Joshua Tree couple , whose three children were discovered living in a large wooden box-like structure, has been ordered released from jail . Daniel Panico, 73, and his wife, Mona Kirk, 51, made an appearance Tuesday morning in Joshua Tree Superior Court where a judge ordered the couple ’s

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In a jailhouse interview Monday night, Panico said his family has been torn apart even though he and his wife did nothing wrong.

"We are just minding our own business, trying to raise our three kids on little money," Panico said.

Panico, 73, and Kirk, 51, were charged with felony child abuse last week after a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy discovered the children, ages 11, 13 and 14, sleeping in a makeshift home about 4 feet tall with plywood walls and a tin roof in a remote part of the desert in Joshua Tree. The Department of Children and Family Services took custody of the children.

Sheriffs' officials say the children were living in a dangerous situation with little food. Friends have defended the family, saying the parents did their best to care for their children despite their poverty.

Friends defend couple charged in child abuse, say children were 'much loved'

  Friends defend couple charged in child abuse, say children were 'much loved' The plywood shelter is covered with tin and an aqua kiddie pool. Twigs and mattress stuffing line the roof, apparently for insulation. Nearby, in this remote stretch of desert just outside Joshua Tree National Park, canned food sits on shelves beneath a camping stove. There is a trampoline and many children's toys, bikes and storybooks on the ground.A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was patrolling here this week when he discovered a family with three children living in the shelter.The children, 11, 13 and 14, slept for four years in the 4-foot-tall makeshift home of about 200 square feet, authorities said.

A homeless Joshua Tree couple accused of child abuse after they were found living with their children in a shack in the desert earlier this year no longer Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated. A homeless Joshua Tree couple accused of child abuse after they were

A judge on Tuesday ordered Daniel Panico and Mona Kirk released on their own recognizance, five days after the Joshua Tree couple was arrested when a deputy found their three children FULL STORY: HJoshua Tree couple released from jail , but still face abuse charges - Los Angeles Times.

In an interview at the Morongo Basin Station, where he was being held in lieu of $300,000 bail, Panico said he is worried about his children, doesn't know where they are and misses them.

Sheriff's deputies say the family had been living in the shack for four years. But Panico said the makeshift home was built by his son about two months ago.

"It started out like a kids' fort, and it just got bigger and bigger," Panico said.

His wife and kids did sleep in the hut sometimes, Panico said. Other nights, they slept outside. And sometimes, they slept in a home where he served as a caretaker in Joshua Tree.

"It's like, where do you live? We live here and there," he said.

Panico owns the land that his family was found living on and said he planned on building a home there.

He said he is an inventor and was working on an invention that he hoped would generate money for his family.

Online records show a Daniel Panico was granted a patent in 1976 for a whirling children's toy and has an application, submitted in 2016, for a "device for production of a net impulse by precession."

Kirk used to run a day care facility but stopped working when they had their family, Panico said. She now home-schools their children and works to give them a good education.

His daughter is in ballet, Panico said. His sons have played soccer. His oldest has a photographic memory and can remember everything he reads, he said.

Panico said he wasn't aware of many resources available to families like his, though he said maybe he should have known more. But, he said, he doesn't believe in government assistance.

"I don't believe in going for public resources," he said. "I believe in doing things independently."

paloma.esquivel@latimes.com

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