After a couple was found torturing their 13 children for years earlier this year, another Couple has been arrested for suspected willful cruelty in Joshua Tree, California. On March 1, 2018, the sheriff's deputies arrested a couple after they found three Children living in a plywood box in a county near Joshua Tree. The family was found in an abandoned area in San Bernardino County during a routine patrol.

The officers on patrol found boxes and toys on the garbage-strewn property and decided to take a closer look when they found the children in a plywood box.

On further survey, it was found that parents, Mona Kirk, 51, and Daniel Panico, 73, had been living in a plastic home with their three children aged 11, 13 and 14 on the trash-filled abandoned property outside of Joshua Tree.

Couple arrested for willful cruelty to children

The couple has been arrested for ill-treatment towards children against a bond of $100,000. As per the official statement released by the sheriff's spokesperson, Cindy Bachman, the mother lived in a makeshift plastic structure with the children while the father either spent nights in the car or an abandoned trailer nearby. The plastic house was supported by metal rods and measured 20 feet long, 10 feet wide and 4 feet high.

Children lived there for four years

Bachman also went on to report that the family had been living on the property for almost 4 years.

Further investigations revealed the no electricity and no water status of the property. The abandoned land was covered in heaps of trash and large holes in the ground. About 30-40 cats were also found in the area.

Children taken into custody

The children have been taken into official custody.

Bachman discovered no records of any of them enrolled in any school. "The children were not being properly fed and clearly living in extreme squalor", stated Bachman.

There have been no reports of the cats being taken into custody by Animal Care & Control. The authorities have set up tip-lines for any further information they can receive about the incident. The people have been requested to call-in and help the department with the investigation.

Social media goes insane

Tweets and Facebook posts have flooded the social media after the news was made public. The second case of parents abusing their children this year has caused a mass outrage on social media. People from across the world have been calling the incident "sad" and are "hoping the abusers never see daylight outside of jail ever again"