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Mom arrested, dad sought in unusual Cedar Park child abuse case

Mia Young and Aria Young. (Photos courtesy: Williamson County Jail and Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

A Cedar Park woman is jailed in an unusual child abuse case. Police say the woman and her partner kept their young daughters -- ages five and six -- literally in the dark.

Mia Young was booked into the Williamson County Jail charged with injury to a child causing serious mental deficiency or impairment. It's a first-degree felony and she was charged with 2 counts, one for each child.

Her mug shot was our first look at Mia Young. It was taken when she was booked and her bond set at $200,000.

Authorities are still looking for the father of the girls, a transgender woman who now goes by Aria Young. If you missed the details of the crime, Darren Sartin, supervisory deputy for the, U.S. Marshal says, “The accused put their own children in a closet for hours and hours throughout the day. They barely came out for free time or whatever you want to call it."

And in the isolation of their apartment closet the two little girls never learned how to talk. But Jessica Franco, PhD with the Speech and Hearing Center at the University of Texas, says there's good reason to believe the children will recover. Franco says, “I think it sounds like if they don't have developmental impairment then they would have good potential to learn and to keep growing in their language skills."

There's good therapy out there and good technology. Franco says, “I might look at something called augmentative or alternative communication, some way to communicate through an application where they can make selections and produce speech through this device."

But Franco also stresses it will take more than just speech therapy. “I would want to get this child communicating with others in their home and community and school across the board," she says.

In other words, it takes a village... one that will have to be built for the girls while their parents' case makes its way through the judicial system.

If you know of Aria Young's whereabouts, you're asked to call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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