KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 24-year-old mother is in custody after her dirty, barefoot 4- and 6-year-old children were found living in a wooden shipping crate in an underground cave in Kansas City, Missouri.
The woman, Brittany Mugrauer, was charged Friday with two counts of felony child endangerment.
Jackson County detectives were serving a search warrant for an alleged stolen car operation in the caves on the city's east side Thursday when they found the children, alone, in the 8-by-10-foot crate furnished with vehicle bench seats.
Prosecutors say the children were poorly clothed, barefoot and covered in dirt, and the younger one was eating from a cup of dry ramen noodles.
On Monday, the children's grandfather told FOX 4 that it's all a huge misunderstanding.
Wayne Mugrauer told FOX 4 that his daughter worked as a secretary at an auto body shop and brought the kids to work because they loved being there. “They’re little gearheads. They love it there and they weren't in harm’s way and they were always looked after and there's always someone with them."