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Mom of 2 kids found in crate released from jail

Posted: 4:57 PM, Sep 15, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-15 17:57:55-04

Brittany Mugrauer, the mother accused of leaving her two small children in an auto shop in a mine, will be released on her own recognizance Tuesday afternoon following a ruling by a Jackson County judge, according to court records.

Mugrauer, 24, had been held at the Jackson County Detention Center on $75,000 bond. Her arraignment was held Tuesday afternoon at the Jackson County Courthouse in Independence. She has been released from the jail, but remains in processing to be booked out, which can take four to six hours.

Mugrauer faces two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies said they found Mugrauer’s two children, ages 4 and 6, in an open crate in an auto repair shop Saturday. The auto repair shop is located in a mine in Kansas City, Mo. The deputies were investigating another case when they found the children, saying they were covered in dirt and not wearing shoes.

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Mugrauer’s boyfriend, Sean, said the accusations are misconstrued. Sean owns Underground Diesel, the auto repair shop where the children were found. Sean said the boys like to play in the box like it’s a fort.

Sean also told 41 Action News there was an adult at the shop the entire time the kids were there. See surveillance video from the scene in the link above.

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