These are sick and vile human beings to do this to a child.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY • Jurors on Friday night recommended the maximum sentence — seven years in prison and a fine — for a couple convicted of keeping their son, who has autism, in a makeshift cage.

Earlier Friday, Terry and Victoria Smith, formerly of O’Fallon, Mo., were each found guilty of child endangerment.

They were out shopping for groceries the night of Dec. 15, 2010, when a state worker and police arrived at their home to investigate a child abuse hotline call.

The children’s grandmother was watching the Smiths’ son Josiah, then 6, and his five siblings.

She led officials into the basement where they found Josiah sitting in a urine-and-feces-soaked enclosure held together with zip ties and bungee cords.

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