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Pennsylvania woman accused of imprisoning sister in man-made wooden cage

Posted at 11:26 AM, Jan 27, 2020

VESTABURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania woman is facing charges after allegedly imprisoning her sister in a man-made wooden cage in the living room of her Vestaburg home.

The state's attorney general, Josh Shapiro, says the cage only contained a dirty mattress and little-to-no medical care.

According to Shapiro, 51-year-old Leona Biser claimed to be caring for her 53-year-old sister, Loretta Lancaster. However, the home was said to be in deplorable condition, with no running water and Lancaster wasn’t getting her prescribed medicines.

After discovering Lancaster, Shapiro says attorney general agents had her transported to Monongahela Valley Hospital for treatment of a urinary tract infection and Rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of muscle that can be caused by infection.

During her hospital stay, Lancaster’s condition has improved. Officials say she has regained some mobility and is working with a speech therapist.

“We fight to protect those who cannot protect themselves,” said Shapiro. “And our agents have made sure the victim has received needed care and will no longer have to suffer daily living in a cage.”

As a result of the investigation, Biser has been charged with neglect of a care dependent person, abuse of a care dependent person, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, and false imprisonment.