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Warrant issued for suspect in Pulaski Co. child abuse case

 Sheriff Jeffrey Richwine, explaining where the plywood box was positioned in the home.
Sheriff Jeffrey Richwine, explaining where the plywood box was positioned in the home. (WNDU)
Published: Jan. 25, 2018 at 5:40 PM EST
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a warrant is out for the arrest of one of the suspects after she didn't show up for court Thursday.

In December 2016, police discovered a 3-year-old girl being kept inside of a wooden box.

They executed a warrant at a home in the 7000 block of West 800 North, in North Judson.

They found the girl curled up inside the box with the lid shut. According to investigators, inside was a dirty blanket, a pad and some dead bugs.

Nine people at the home, including the toddler's father, were arrested on charges of neglect and failure to report child abuse.

Patricia Meeks, who is charged with felony neglect, did not show up for court Thursday, and there is now a warrant out for her arrest.

She was expected to plead guilty.

The prosecutor also planned to add an additional neglect charge.

The attorney for Christopher Short, the toddler's dad, continued his planned plea hearing. That's been re-scheduled for March 27.

He's also charged with felony neglect of a dependent.

Donna Short, who faced the same charge, died in a car accident last July.

The girl was handed over to Child Protective Services.