California Couple Arrested After 3 Children ‘Found Living In Large Box For 4 Years’


JOSHUA TREE, CA. — Deputies in San Bernardino county say they made a horrific discovery Wednesday when three children were found ‘living in a plywood box.’

The suspects, Maron Kirk and Daniel Panico, were booked on charges of suspicion of willful cruelty to a child.

KABC reported: According to a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies went to a property in the 7000 block of Sunfair Road in Joshua Tree about 11 a.m. Wednesday for an area check when they found an apparently abandoned travel trailer and a large rectangular plywood box.

The property had no electricity or running water and mounds of trash and human feces were found throughout the property, the statement said.

During the investigation, deputies discovered three children, 11, 13 and 14 lived in the plywood box, which measured about 20 feet long by 4 feet high and 10 feet wide, the statement said. The children told investigators they had been living in the box for about four years.

Bail for the suspects was set at $100,000.