Couple plead guilty to locking kids in cages

HUNTINGDON — A Huntingdon County couple has been sentenced to six to 23 months in jail and a $2,000 fine each under a plea agreement for locking children in dog cages, online court documents show.

Both also are required to undergo a mental health evaluation and comply with all recommendations from it.

State police at Huntingdon had accused Nicholas and Linda Chamberlain of locking at least two foster children in dog cages.

Troopers began investigating after a 13-year-old was refusing to go home from a neighbor’s house in June, WTAJ-TV reported.

Online court documents show the couple pleaded no contest to a charge of false imprisonment of a minor. Charges of endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault were dismissed under the plea agreement.

Troopers found the couple would lock the boy and a 6-year-old sibling in a cage when they misbehaved, WTAJ reported. Those two, as well as a third foster child, are in new homes.

The couple was given credit for time served since July 22, 2016, toward their sentence.

Both remain in the Huntingdon County jail.