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Ohio Couple Indicted, Accused Of Starving, Torturing And Locking 7-Year-Old Girl In Dog Cage

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say an Ohio couple tortured a 7-year-old girl over the course of seven months last year including padlocking her in a dog cage in the basement of their home.

Lillian Cottrell and Derek Mayle were arrested Tuesday at their home by federal agents, a day after they were both indicted on two counts of felony child endangerment.

It wasn't known Thursday if either one has retained an attorney.

Citing court records, the Canton Repository reported that Cottrell and Mayle are each accused of harming the child, who is related to Cottrell.

When the girl was removed from the home by child welfare officials, she weighed 28 pounds.

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