Advertisement

Local News

News > Local News > Man Gets 4 Years For Locking Kids in Closet, Homemade Cage

Man Gets 4 Years For Locking Kids in Closet, Homemade Cage

Nick Matney of Mishawaka had pleaded guilty to

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A Mishawaka man will spend four years in prison for locking one of his children in a closet and confining the other in a homemade cage.

Nick Matney admitted to forcing his 6-year-old daughter to live in a locked closet. He also told a judge that he used a makeshift "cage" out of a crib and baby gate to confine his 5-year-old son.

The girl told police her father only let her out for study time and to use the restroom. The boy, who was often beaten with his father's belt, wore a diaper so he wouldn't have to be removed from the "cage" for bathroom breaks.

Matney previously pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent and criminal confinement. Four other charges against him were dropped.

(Photo by sakhorn_38/Thinkstock.)

MUNCIE, Ind. -- A Muncie woman arrested due to a case of mistaken identity is suing several Henry County officials...
HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. –- State conservation officers are investigating after a fatal hunting accident in Harrison...
INDIANAPOLIS -- Two men are dead and a woman is seriously injured after a shooting on Indianapolis' southeast side...
(INDIANAPOLIS) - Republican senators are threatening to expel Roy Moore if he wins a special election in Alabama...
FRANKFORT, Ind.--Severe storms damaged homes and businesses and knocked out power for at least 15,000 people in...