IN couple plead not guilty in child neglect, criminal confinement case


During a scheduled arraignment for both Alan and Aimee Friz, Alan became unresponsive as the judge read him his charges, delaying the hearing two hours.

The court documents suggest that the alleged sexual misconduct, which is now at the center of the charges, occurred between September 1 and September 30, and included inappropriate touching, the Herald reported.

The child told police that she was locked into the cage for weeks.

Deputies say a child was kept in the cage and was deprived of food, water and sanitary facilities.

Aimee was spotted outside a courthouse where Alan appeared Thursday, and was arrested on the same charges.

Aimee Friz (36) and Alan Friz (57) of Huntingburg Indiana, were arrested last Wednesday at their home after police responded to reports of a disorderly child, the Dubois County Herald reported. The outside of the cage was labeled with the girl's name.

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When officers arrived, they talked to a 14-year-old girl after learning a fight broke out between her and her grandfather, Alan Fritz, over a basketball.

Friz also backed his wife's story and indicated that they kept their daughter locked up because they were anxious about her behavior.

According to court documents, the person who called the police for a welfare check called the child an out of control "mentally retarded" girl.

The website for Friz' dentistry practice indicates that he has 10 children, and that he's been working in Dubois County since 1986.

Police contacted the Division of Family and Children (DFC) to interview the girl. Her father allegedly touched her breasts while showering, while in her bedroom and while locked in the apparent cage. She is facing 11 counts of neglect of a dependent and 11 counts of criminal confinement. Friz was arrested and charged with neglect and criminal confinement, and 26 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Meanwhile, the teen was removed from the home.