Authorities in Roswell say they've found a 5-year-old autistic girl living in filth and confined in a small room similar to a cage.
But the girl's mother tells KRQE-TV she was just trying to keep her disabled daughter safe.
Chaves County Sheriff's deputies say they were called for a domestic disturbance and saw a couple outside arguing.
One deputy said he heard banging coming from inside the home. He went in and found the young girl covered in feces and trapped inside a small room.
The deputy says there was a large trash can that appeared to be full of dirty diapers and three stacked baby gates appeared to be screwed into the doorway almost like a jail cell door.
State authorities now have custody of the child.
Information from: KRQE-TV.
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