Mother whose young sons were found in cave crate released from jail
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brittany Mugrauer, 24, the mother charged with child endangerment after her two sons were found alone Thursday inside a cave used for offices and storage, was released Tuesday on her own recognizance. A judge had originally ordered her held on $75,000 bond.
According to court documents the mother, Brittany Mugrauer, left the four and six-year-old alone to seek medical treatment for her boyfriend who had smashed his finger. Deputies found the children while serving a search warrant in a stolen car parts investigation.
The six-year-old child was dressed in a t-shirt and nylon pants and barefoot. The four-year-old was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and was also barefoot. According to investigators both children were covered in dirt and filth from head to foot.
The children told investigators that they lived in the cave with their mother. The storage cave is located at 8201 E. 23rd Street in Kansas City, Mo., south of I-435 and 23rd Street. The children said they had no toys at the cave, no other clothing, no shoes and that there was no water or place to cook. The four-year-old child was eating dry Ramen noodles from a cup that had dirt in it with the noodles. The children were taken to hospital, evaluated, bathed and given clean clothes.
As part of her release from jail, where she’s been since Saturday, Sept. 12, Mugrauer is to have no contact with her children unless approved by the Jackson County Family Court.
Mugrauer’s grandfather, Wayne Mugrauer, told FOX 4 News that the whole ordeal is a huge misunderstanding. He says his daughter is a loving mother who worked as a secretary at Underground Diesel, an auto body shop in the caves, and brought the kids to work because they loved being there.
“They’re little gearheads. They love it there and they weren’t in harm’s way and they were always looked after and there’s always someone with them,” said Wayne.
Wayne says his daughter lost a child to SIDS in February and he moved her and the boys from Florida to Kansas City to help her get back on her feet emotionally. He says they’re currently living in a hotel because he came up here to work as a contractor.