Deputies found the cages inside a home in Smiths Station – a small city near the Alabama-Georgia border – that the 69-year-old Bond shared with two others: Pamela Deloris Bond, 66, and Kylla Michelle Mann, 30, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said in a statement.
Sheriff’s investigators went to the home with child welfare workers on Monday to look into a report of possible child abuse. Inside the house, they found four children, ages 11, 10, 4 and 3.
Deputies then noticed two wooden cages with locks and hasps, Jones said. Investigators determined the four children had been locked in the cages on multiple occasions.
The sheriff’s office released photos of what appeared to be the wooden crib-shaped cages with a mattress and blanket inside. Each had a slatted lid across the top that appeared to open and close.
A fifth child, an 8-month-old infant, also lived at the home but was not present when deputies arrived, investigators said. All five children were placed in the care of the county’s Department of Human Resources.
While the sheriff’s statement did not say how the suspects and children were related, WRBL-TV reported that investigators confirmed Mann is the children’s mother and the Bonds are her grandparents – the great-grandparents of the victims.
The suspects each were charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child younger than 6 and two counts of reckless endangerment. Additionally, Pamela Bond was charged with one count of tampering with physical evidence.
James Bond and Mann were each being held on $122,000 bond, while Pamela Bond had a bond set at $123,000.
Online records were unavailable Wednesday afternoon and it was unclear whether the suspects had an attorney who could comment on their behalf.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.