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Newington couple arrested for locking adoptive children in dog cages

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Michael and Jennifer Thalmann. (Newington police photos) Michael and Jennifer Thalmann. (Newington police photos)
The Thalmanns leave court on Monday. (WFSB photo) The Thalmanns leave court on Monday. (WFSB photo)
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A couple from Newington faces charges for, among other things, locking their adoptive children in dog cages as a form of punishment.

Police said Michael and Jennifer Thalmann turned themselves in Sunday afternoon based on active arrest warrants.

The warrants claim that between 2013 and 2015, the Thalmanns did not provide their two adoptive children with enough food, struck them with paddles and locked them in dog cages for discipline.

The suspected abuse happened while they were living on Kirkham Street.

Michael and Jennifer Thalmann were charged with two counts of cruelty to a person and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Both suspects were released on $250,000 bonds.

They faced a judge on Monday where they learned they can't have any contact with the victims.

The children are now in the care of a family member.

The couple is due back in court in November.

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