LAS CRUCES, N.M.—Police say a boy offered to stay with an 8-year-old girl with developmental disabilities who was locked in a wooden cage before his New Mexico mother left her to watch a movie.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports ( that a criminal complaint says the boy offered to stay with the girl because she was asleep and he felt uncomfortable leaving her. But the complaint said his mother, 33-year-old Cindy Patriarchias, told him that the girl would be "fine."

Patriarchias and her 37-year-old boyfriend Edmond Gonzales are facing child abuse charges after Las Cruces police say they left the girl in the cage and unattended at a mobile home while they took three children to an elementary school Friday to watch a movie.

No attorneys are listed for Patriarchias or Gonzales.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,