Roswell woman sentenced in child caging case

Created: 02/24/2014 6:21 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Roswell woman locked her 5-year-old autistic daughter in horrific conditions inside her room.

And for the first time, we’re seeing images of that room, which may be disturbing to some.

Deputies say when they met Charity Calvert nine months ago, it was for one of the worst crimes they have ever seen.

Deputies say they found Calvert outside her home highly intoxicated to the point of not knowing her name, but it's what they found inside that landed her in state prison.

When deputies entered Calvert’s house, they found a door stacked from top to bottom with screwed-in baby gates.

Inside was a 5-year-old girl alone, naked, and covered in feces.

Inside her bedroom, deputies say stacks of dirty diapers sat decomposing.

“The carpet was embedded to the point where you would stick whenever you would walk on the carpet," said Chaves County Sergeant Doug Perham.

Feces were also found on the wall and the girl’s toys.

The temperature inside the room was 105 degrees and the window was nailed shut.

Deputies said the smell was indescribable.

“It was horrible, it was just wretched, it hit you, feces and urine," said Perham.

In court Monday, Calvert took the stand in defense.

"I do take responsibility for my drinking, and I do take responsibility for the conditions of my house," said Calvert.

In the end, the judge sentenced her to three years in state prison.

The child remains in state care.

Her father, Edward Romero, was also arrested.

He has pleaded not guilty to his child abuse charges.

His trial will start in late May.

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