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UPDATE: Westgate man out on bond after child endangerment arrest

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UPDATE: The five children involved in the Westgate abuse allegations are back with their mother, who friends tell us is Joyna Smith.

The Department of Human Services returned the children to Smith and a close relative after taking them from the home on Friday.


A man from Westgate has been arrested for child endangerment after investigators say he locked five children in a room and left them there for more than 24 hours.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office also says Joshua Steinbronn, 28, did that more than once.

Deputies were called to 220 Olive Street in Westgate on Friday morning to investigate a domestic disturbance.  They say they could hear yelling from inside the home and saw several small children in a window crying.

Investigators say once they got inside the home, they found five children, from 3 to 9 years old, locked in a bedroom.

Steinbronn is accused of putting his girlfriend's kids in that room, denying them food and the use of a bathroom. The children told law enforcement they had to urinate in cups and sometimes on the floor.

One girl was also injured trying to break out of a room.

KWWL's Michael Crowe went to the home Monday and saw a little girl looking out of the window. Authorities, however, said they removed all five children from the home.

Steinbronn was charged with five counts of false imprisonment and five counts of child endangerment. He was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond, but is forbidden from contacting the children.

He also faces methamphetamine paraphernalia charges, along with two others who rent a room in the home, after police found a scale and glass tube that tested positive for meth.

The sheriff's office says it's unsure what role the children's mother played, but the Department of Human Services is investigating and took custody of the children.

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