OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. – According to police, a Connecticut woman is facing charges of risk of injury to a minor for making her son sleep in a locked dog cage because he was acting out and soiling his bed.

Kathlyn Anthony, 54, was arrested Sunday after an investigation. Police say the boy’s sister told school officials that she was tired because she kept getting up at night to let her brother out of what she called his “sleep locker.” This “sleep locker” he was forced to sleep in was 36 inches by 22 inches, and 30 inches high. Anthony tried to make the dog crate “fun” by putting stuffed animals inside of it.

“Apparently, the child who was in the crate was having some issues, or the mother was having some issues with the child defecating in the juvenile’s bed or within his bedroom,” according to Saybrook police Sgt. Kevin Roche. ” She sought out some other remedies, different agencies and different ways of correcting the issue – and it didn’t work.” So she found her own solution in the sleep locker.

Anthony told investigators she did put the boy in the crate as punishment, and that she only resorted to putting the boy in the crate at night when she was no longer able to stop him from soiling his bed. She added she tried to get outside help the boy’s behavior, but that no one seemed willing, or able to help her.

Police didn’t disclose the boy’s age, but Anthony reportedly said he was born in 2004. She added that she adopted him when he was 3, and that he was diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder.

Anthony of Old Saybrook was released on $100,000 bond following an initial court appearance Monday on a charge. She refused to comment outside court.

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