Mother in "caged kid" case gets four years

Botzko, seen at the time of her arrest.
Botzko, seen at the time of her arrest.

TOLEDO --  Jessica Botzko, 28, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Lucas County Common Please Court Judge Linda Jennings told Botzko during sentencing, "It's inconceivable what you did."

Botzko begged the court for mercy saying she did the kids wrong and deserved to be in prison. She will testify against  the children's father, John Westover, 37, in an upcoming trial.

The couple is accused of forcing their sons to sit in dog cages and fitting them with remote-controlled collars. Police say the pair locked them in cages less than 2ft. wide and 2 ft. tall.

Police tell us two children -- ages 5 and 10 -- were picked up at a home on the 300 block of Westwood. The children told police they ran away from Botzko's mobile home on Nebraska because they were being locked in cages.

"[The children] indicated some drug activity in the house that at times the father wanted them out of the way while he conducted some drug activity," said Captain Ray Carroll of the Toledo Police in a story first broadcast last week. "Children and older people, I've always said, are our most innocent victims."

Police searched the home. They say the home was filthy, with garbage all over the floor. Police say they confiscated a cage, an electronic dog collar and other items from the house.

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