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May 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM PDT
In closing arguments, the prosecution and defense painted extremely different pictures of the couple and jurors had to decide between two completely opposite interpretations of the same evidence.
May 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM PDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Clark County jury found a couple accused of keeping two autistic boys locked in a caged room not guilty of unlawful imprisonment Tuesday.

John Eckhart and his live-in girlfriend, Alayna Higdon, embraced for a long...
May 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM PDT
The couple accused of keeping two autistic boys in a caged room said they did it for the boys' own good. Alayna Higdon also said it gave her and her boyfriend, John Eckhart, a rare peaceful night in the house.
May 25, 2012 at 6:14 PM PDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The couple accused of keeping two autistic boys in a caged room said they did it for the boys' own good.

Alayna Higdon also said it gave her and her boyfriend, John Eckhart, a rare peaceful night in the...
May 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM PDT
Alayna Higdon said during her courtroom testimony she helped care for the children but had a newborn baby of her own at the time and was busy with work and school.
May 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM PDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The woman accused of keeping two autistic kids in what prosecutors describe as a makeshift cage said Thursday that it was challenging taking care of the kids with special needs.

Alayna Higdon is not the biological...
May 23, 2012 at 9:15 PM PDT
Alayna Higdon's 10-year-old son took the stand Wednesday in her and her boyfriend's trial. The couple is accused of keeping two boys locked behind what prosecutors call a cage.
May 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM PDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A 10-year-old boy took the stand Wednesday in the trial of a couple accused of keeping two boys locked behind what prosecutors call a cage.

The boy, the son of Alayna Higdon, was living with Higdon and her boyfriend,...
May 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM PDT
Alayna Higdon took the stand without the jury present so the judge could rule if statements she initially made to police could be used as evidence during her trial.
May 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM PDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A mother accused of keeping her two young autistic sons in a makeshift cage in her Vancouver home took the witness stand during her trial on Tuesday morning.

Alayna Higdon testified in front of the judge for about...
May 22, 2012 at 7:33 AM PDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A Vancouver couple accused of imprisoning their two young autistic sons in what prosecutors call a cage listened quietly Monday during their first day of trial as they were accused of treating their boys cruelly....
May 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM PDT
A Vancouver couple accused of imprisoning their two young autistic sons in what prosecutors call a cage listened quietly Monday during their first day of trial as they were accused of treating their boys cruelly.
May 10, 2011 at 12:40 PM PDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Two autistic boys who police say were kept in a caged room will stay in foster care for at least a month as a commissioner decides their permanent living situation.
The Columbian reports the boys, ages 6 and 7, have...
Apr 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM PDT

By NIGEL DUARA Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The attorneys for a Washington state couple accused of keeping two autistic boys in a caged room say they'll dispute the police account of the room and bring in medical experts to...
Apr 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM PDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Two autistic boys who were held in a caged room at an apartment will remain in state foster care for now, Clark County Superior Court Commissioner Carin Schienberg decided Thursday at a hearing.

The biological...