The parents of three young Spotsylvania County children whom authorities said had been locked in a room 24 hours a day and fed through a gate were convicted of three counts of felony child neglect and given suspended sentences.
Brandy Lynn Kangas, 36, and Scott Suggs, 28, pleaded guilty to the three charges on Monday in Spotsylvania circuit court. They each received a suspended six-year sentence, indefinite supervised probation and must be on good behavior for 10 years.
They are also ordered to comply with the Department of Social Services foster care plan and have no unsupervised contact with the children.
The charges stem from an anonymous complaint on Dec. 16, 2014, about three children being neglected and abused at a house on Fleming Street in Spotsylvania, said Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pearce.
“Upon arrival, [detectives] discovered the children locked in a room that had a homemade gate 24 hours a day,” Pearce said. “Detectives observed [the three children] confined to the sparsely furnished room, where it appeared they remained at all times.
“The room was in disarray and had stains to include urine and feces. The children were fed through an opening in the gate.”
The children were described as a 17-month-old boy, a 3-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl, he said.
According to Pearce, detectives immediately removed the children from the room with a key that was found in the residence.
“The children lacked social skills and presently are fearful of any closed door,” Pearce said.
The parents were arrested and the children have since been placed with a foster care family and are thriving, he said.
“This was an abhorrent situation that the children were living in, and it breaks my heart to see this kind of treatment of small children,” said Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger Harris. “Saving these kids from this type of neglect is why all of us are involved in public service.”