KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A mother has been arrested after authorities found her two young children living in a crate in an underground cave and covered in dirt.
The Associated Press reported that Brittany Mugrauer, 24, was charged Friday night with two counts of felony child endangerment.
Detectives discovered her two children, ages 4 and 6, in an 8-by-10-foot crate in a cave under Kansas City, Mo., according to authorities.
The children were said to have been covered in dirt and filth head to foot and not wearing shoes.
Investigators made the discovery while they were serving a search warrant related to a possible stolen car operation, according to reports.
Authorities said the crate had some vehicle bench seats, trash and thin wires and a couple small blankets inside.
The crate was missing one side and surrounded by vehicles in various states of disrepair and car parts, according to the Associated Press.
One child was said to have been eating dry ramen noodles by hand. The 6-year-old reportedly told an officer he should be in first grade, but doesn’t go to school.
The mother told authorities that her children had been living in the cave for several days, according to a probable cause statement obtained by the Associated Press.
The mother has since been taken into custody and the children were taken to a hospital to be cleaned and evaluated.