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Couple Arrested for Allegedly Whipping and Caging Their Kids

HINKLEY, Calif: ( A husband and wife from Hinkley are under arrest for allegedly whipping their 17-year-old children with a horse whip and keeping one locked in a cage for a month.

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Deputy Bennington from the Barstow Sheriff’s Station responded to the 35000 block of Riverview Lane, in the town of Hinkley, on a follow-up for Child Family Services.

Deputy Bennington learned two 17-year-old males were being whipped with a 5-foot long horse whip.

According to a Sheriff’s press release, one victim had scarring on both of his arms and legs. The other victim was kept in a locked cage for approximately one month, from June to July. The victim was only let out of the cage for meals and was forced to use a bucket as a restroom.

Bennington located a 4-foot by 4-foot steel cage, equipped with padlocks and a horse whip at the home. A baby monitor pointed directly toward the cage to alert the couple if there was movement inside.

Carrie Schwartz, 49, and Lynferd Schwartz, 51, were arrested Wednesday for P.C. 273A(A), Felony Child Cruelty and booked into the Barstow Jail. Bail was set at $100,000 each.

Both 17-year-old juveniles were removed from the home by Child Family Services. A 17-year-old female was also removed from the home. However, there is no information to believe she has been a victim of any crime.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Bennington of the Barstow Sheriff’s Station. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the WE-Tip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the WE-Tip Hotline at

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