Donald Ray Lantz and Jeanne Kay Whitefeather Wiki – Biography
Donald Ray Lantz and Jeanne Kay Whitefeather are in police custody after two children were allegedly found locked in a shed in Sissonville, West Virginia, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Deputy H.K. Burdette responded to a call in the 200 block of Cheyenne Lane in Sissonville shortly after 5:45 p.m. local time Monday afternoon, the department said. The caller saw a man open the shed, talk to the juveniles and then close the shed behind him, authorities said. “Deputies had to force entry into the barn, where they located a male and female juvenile locked inside a room measuring approximately 20 x 14 feet,” the sheriff’s office reported. Agents reported that the captive children did not have access to running water or working toilets in the shed.
They were apparently deprived of adequate hygienic care and food in the shed that had no windows, no beds, not a single table and chair. The two children, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, informed officers that they had no way to get out of the shed, WSAZ reports. The 16-year-old also informed officers that this was common between siblings, WVVA reports. He also revealed that she and her brother were given food at approximately 6 a.m. that morning, and then locked them inside the room until the authorities arrived, the outlet reports. Another minor was in the main residence, according to the criminal complaint obtained by WSAZ. “I observed a small child through the window, who appeared to be approximately 5 or 6 years old, sitting alone on the loft floor.
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I observed the child crying and near the railing of a drop of approximately 15 feet from the loft. Due to the child’s distress and the risk of him falling, forced entry was made to secure him,” the criminal complaint states, WZAS News reports. There were no caregivers or guardians at the scene when deputies arrived, the sheriff’s office said. However, foster parents Lantz, 63, and Whitefeather, 61, arrived at the home between 8:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Whitefeather allegedly confirmed to officers that the children were left in the shed and said “they like it,” WVVA reports. Lantz and Whitefeather were arrested on felony charges of gross child neglect creating a substantial risk of injury, authorities said. Bonds for Lantz and Whitefeather have been set at $200,000 cash. A preliminary hearing date was set for the couple on October 12, WSAZ reports. A spokesperson for the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for additional information Tuesday. Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact Detective R.S. Alford or Lieutenant A.C. File at the Kanawha County Sheriff‘s Office, 304-357-0556, or submit a tip at kanawhasheriff.us.