Federalsburg couple arrested after four-year-old found locked in closet

FEDERALSBURG, Md. – Federalsburg Police arrested two people on Wednesday after it was discovered that they had locked a their child in a bedroom closet.

According to court documents, at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, an officer responded to a residence on 1006 Routzahn Lane for a reported child imprisoned in a bedroom closet. On arrival, a 4-year-old female was found inside a bedroom closet space with the closed door secured by a chair propped up, with the back of the chair under the door knob to keep the door from opening.

Further investigation revealed that the child’s mother, 25-year-old Ashley Wolfe and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Garrie Holland, had locked the child in the closet without any clothing or bedding of any type before they went to bed. It was also learned that Holland and Wolfe were regularly locking the child in the closet space due to problems with “potty training” the child.

The small closet area (approximately five feet by six feet) had no windows or any form of ventilation other that the small crevice around the door. The odor of urine and fecal matter were observed coming from within the closet, and dried urine stains and fecal matter were found on the carpet, walls, and door area of the closet. Officials also say the entire residence had an odor of fermented fecal matter and dried urine.

Three other children, all under the age of six, were also removed from the home by the Department of Social Services and Child Protective Services.

Both Wolfe and Holland were charged with four counts of neglect of a minor, false imprisonment, conspiracy to commit false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment. No mugshots are available at this time.

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