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Couple charged with ‘imprisoning’ kids ages 1 and 3

(From Captain Tony Ranieri, Spalding Co. S.O.) A Griffin couple has been arrested and charged with False Imprisonment and Cruelty to Children according to Sheriff Stewart. Stewart said that officers were called to a residence on Highfalls Road to check the welfare of kids that were left home alone. When the officers arrived they could not get anyone to the door. The officers began to check the outside of the residence, when they found the back door open. Stewart said the officers went inside where they found a 1 year old and a 3 year old locked in a bedroom with no adults at the residence. Stewart stated that investigators called the parents on the phone and learned they were at a club in Locust Grove. When the parents arrived they were identified as Matthew Autrey 25 years old of Griffin, and Ashley Autrey 24 years old of Griffin. Sheriff Stewart stated the couple had their first appearance hearing yesterday and bond was set by the Magistrate Judge @ $36,500.00. The couple has not made bond and are still in the county jail.

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