Couple arrested for locking child in basement of their Raleigh home

From staff reportsJuly 20, 2013 

— Police arrested a Raleigh couple Friday on charges that they locked their 3-year-old in a basement and deprived the child of food.

Cassandra Carmen Smith, 25, and Serge Daniel Germaine, 47, were booked into the Wake County Jail on misdemeanor child abuse charges. They were released on $5,000 bonds each with court dates set for Aug. 15.

According to the arrest warrants, Smith and Germaine locked their child in a basement and denied the child food on Oct. 15, 2010. At that time, the child was 3 years old. The couple’s address is given as 4824 Six Forks Road.

The warrants, issued Wednesday, contained no information to indicate why the arrests were made almost three years after the offense was allegedly committed. A spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department couldn’t be reached Saturday.

Raleigh television station WRAL reported that an April 2013 assessment by the Department of Social Services found no evidence that the couple’s three children were in any danger of harm by their parents. The couple told the TV station they did not commit a crime.

A 2009 charge against Smith for child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile in Chatham County was dismissed. Germaine has previously served probation for several convictions for drug possession and sales in New York and Florida.

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