NM woman who caged niece won’t go to jail

LAS CRUCES (KRQE) – A Las Cruces woman who admitted to locking her developmentally delayed niece in a wooden cage is not going back to jail.

A judge sentenced 34-year-old Cindy Patriarchias to six years then suspended the sentence Thursday.

That basically means that she will stay out of jail as long as she stays out of trouble but if she doesn’t she could face 6 years.

Patriarchias must also undergo counseling services.

Last year she and her then-boyfriend, Edmond Gonzales, locked the 8-year-old girl in the cage while they took Patriarchias’ three kids to the movies.

The cage was about four feet tall and two and a half feet wide with a baby crib mattress inside.

Patriarchias pleaded guilty last December to two counts of felony child abuse.

Gonzales’ case is still pending.

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