Report: NM boy offered to stay with girl in cage

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm •  Published: January 30, 2013

John Patriarchias, the estranged husband, told police that the cage was built to keep the girl from getting out of her bed at night and to prevent her from getting into cleaning supplies.

Cindy Patriarchias, 33, has been charged with negligently causing child abuse. Gonzales, 37, was charged with negligently permitting child abuse. Dona County Magistrate Court records indicated that they appeared in court Monday but didn't enter pleas.

A Las Cruces Public Schools spokesman told the Las Cruces Sun-News ( in an email Tuesday that Patriarchias was a part-time lunch monitor and volunteer at Columbia Elementary. The spokesman added that Patriarchias "has been terminated" and is no longer allowed to volunteer at the school.

Gonzales was being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond. Authorities said Patriarchias has been released.

No attorneys are listed for Patriarchias or Gonzales.