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A Wind Lake couple is facing child abuse charges after they kept a 9-year-old child in a dog kennel.

Gale Lalonde child abuse
Gale Lalonde
Dale Deavers
Dale Deavers

Gale D. Lalonde, 46, and Dale Deavers, 48, are facing felony charges by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office of causing mental harm to a child, false imprisonment, and other felony charges, according to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

Law enforcement officials with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department were called to an elementary school in Wind Lake for a report of child abuse at 11:51 a.m. on Wednesday. They learned that the child was held at night and sometimes through the day in a dog kennel at a residence in the Town of Norway. The couple kept the child locked in the kennel with a padlock to keep the child from escaping.

The kennel was 4-feet 10-inches high, 4-feet tall and 8-feet wide.

The child and another sibling were taken from the home and placed into protective custody by Racine County Human Services.

“I was sickened at what I witnessed last night. This by far, is one of the most disturbing and heart-wrenching cases of child abuse I’ve seen, it doesn’t get much worse than this,” said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.

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