Mom accused of leaving kids in KC storage cave: “I didn’t endanger my kids”

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The mother accused in a bizarre case involving a cave and crates walked out of the Jackson County Detention Center late Monday afternoon, released on her own recognizance.

At the time she said she wanted to be left alone. But was reached later, out at the caves that started the investigation Friday, where she shared her story.

"I didn't endanger my kids and I'm a great mom and I love my kids from the bottom of my heart. I live and breathe for my kids, they are the reason I get up everyday and try to work and make money and take care of them," Brittany Mugrauer, 24, said.

Mugrauer says she was at work at the storage cave located at 8201 E. 23rd Street in Kansas City, Mo. Friday when another employee cut his hand and she had to take him to the hospital.

Brother found in business storage cave off I-435 and 23rd St.

Brother found in business storage cave off I-435 and 23rd St.

She didn't think it was safe to take six-year-old Dillon and four-year-old Dalton with her as she sped to the hospital, so she left them with other employees at Underground Diesel.

Officers came out investigating a possible chop shop, and found them inside those crates, and ended up charging her with endangering the welfare of a child. According to police, the four-year-old child was eating dry Ramen noodles from a cup that had dirt in it with the noodles.

"They are my ride or die boys, I don't leave them nowhere that's why they come with me to work because they are gearheads, they love mechanical stuff," she said.

Mugrauer moved here this summer from Florida, after her infant daughter died while sleeping on a couch.

"I want their sister to be proud of me for being the best I can be for my boys because they were close to their little sister, I want her to be proud," she said.

As part of her release from jail, where she’d been since Saturday, September 12, Mugrauer is to have no contact with her children unless approved by the Jackson County Family Court.

But Mugrauer says she will continue to call to try to get them back, or at least determine where they are. The children's father, reached over the phone, said he wasn't at liberty to say whether the children were being placed with him.

The property includes a cave.

The property includes a cave.

Crate where their grandfather says the boys played. He says they were supervised, but that's not what authorities say they found.

Crate where their grandfather says the boys played. He says they were supervised, but that's not what authorities say they found.

Cave used for business storage at 8201 E. 23rd Street.

Cave used for business storage at 8201 E. 23rd Street.

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