Couple allegedly locked children in dog cages as punishment

Michael and Jennifer Thalmann accused of hitting kids with paddles, depriving them of food

Michael and Jennifer Thalman are charged with cruelty to persons and risk of injury to a minor. Images courtesy: Newington Police Department

NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Two parents have turned themselves in to police in Newington, Connecticut after allegedly failing to provide two adoptive children with adequate food, struck them with paddles, and locked them in dog cages as forms of discipline.

44-year-old Michael Thalmann and 48-year-old Jennifer Thalmann, of Audubon, Pennsylvania turned themselves into police on Sunday. The arrest warrant states the alleged crimes occurred between 2013 and 2016 in their Kirkham Street home in Newington.

Both suspects are charged with two counts of cruelty to persons and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. They were both released on $250,000 bond, and were scheduled to be in court on Monday.

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