“The couple who were arrested last week after their three children were found living in a makeshift box made of plywood and plastic sheeting in Southern California say it was the result of being poor, not abusive, as authorities allege.
Mona Kirk, 51, and Daniel Panico, 73, pleaded not guilty to child abuse Tuesday and were released from jail a short time later after their attorney argued they could not afford their bail.
Panico told the Los Angeles Times before his release that his family had been torn apart and that he and his wife had done nothing wrong.
“We are just minding our own business, trying to raise our three kids on little money,” he said.
The Department of Children and Family Services has assumed temporary custody of the children.”