Pottsville man admits caging child, leaving 2 others alone
POTTSVILLE — Cecil E. Kutz admitted Wednesday to a Schuylkill County judge that he kept three children alone in a North Manheim Township house, including one he had confined in a cage.
Kutz, 40, of Pottsville, pleaded guilty to three counts of recklessly endangering another person. Prosecutors withdrew three counts of endangering the welfare of children.
Judge John E. Domalakes accepted Kutz’s plea but did not immediately sentence him. Instead, he ordered preparation of a presentence investigation and scheduled Kutz’s sentencing for 9:45 a.m. Aug. 28.
State police at Schuylkill Haven charged Kutz with leaving three children, a newborn, a 1-year-old and a 22-month-old, alone for at least 40 minutes on May 17, 2017, at his 316 Chestnut St. residence just outside Cressona. The house was “very hot” and had exposed wires and other unfinished conditions, police said.
Furthermore, the 22-month-old child was in a cage made of plywood and lattice that was less than 3 feet high and did not allow the child to stand in it, according to police. The cage had been in the house for some time, police said.
Police officers said they were disturbed by what they saw inside the house and had trouble describing it.
Kutz indicated to Domalakes that he understood the terms and consequences of his plea and was entering it knowingly and voluntarily.
First Assistant District Attorney Michael J. Stine declined to comment on the case after Wednesday’s hearing.