Brekky Wrap: Grandparents 'Kept Toddlers Locked In Tiny, Wooden Cages'

All the news you need to know this Friday.

An American couple kept their young grandchildren locked in tiny, wooden cages on multiple occasions, police allege. 

Police arrested James H Bond, 69, and Pamela Deloris Bond, 66, after allegedly discovering two cages fitted with hasps and locks during a welfare check at a home in Alabama on Monday.

Officers with the Lee Country Sheriff's office spoke with four children, aged three, four, 10 and 11. A fifth child who is eight months old was not home at the time.

Investigators found two cages with hasps and locks at the Alabama home. Image: Lee County Sheriff's Office Investigations

Police said investigations revealed the children had been locked in the cages on multiple occasions.

The Bonds were each charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse of a child less than six years old and two counts of reckless endangerment.

The children's mother, who reportedly lives at the home with the children's grandparents, was also arrested and charged. The children are now in the care of the police.

NSW is set to receive some of its best rain in months today as the downpour continues across the state, offering a reprieve for firefighters. 

Sydney is expected to receive between 10 and 25 mm of rain, while up to 50mm are forecast for parts of the states, along with thunderstorms.

The Northern Tablelands, Northern Slopes, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Hunter regions are all expected to receive significant downpours.

Late yesterday, there were 81 bushfires burning, down from 88 fires just 24 hours earlier. The Rural Fire Service said while the rain won't extinguish all the fires, it will help crews to strengthen containment lines.



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For months the rumble of thunder and pitter-patter of rain have long been a distant memory. But now, finally, rain has fallen across Victoria and New South Wales, helping extinguish a number of fires.

It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison is today expected to meet with a bushfire peak bodies roundtable in Canberra, which will include the National Farmers' Federation, Red Cross, and Tourist and Transport Forum Australia.

NSW Police have launched a public appeal for information after a woman's body was found in a unit on the NSW Central Coast. 

Officers were called to the Umina Beach apartment last Friday morning where they found the body of a 50-year-old woman. She has since been identified as Joeanne Rodgers.

Police will address the media this morning as they appeal for public help to establish Rodgers' movements before her death.

A three-year-old girl and her dog who went missing at a cattle station in WA's Pilbara region have been found after an extensive search.

Police confirmed young Matilda and her faithful Jack Russell terrier were found safe about 3.5 kilometres from their home at Noreena Downs Station homestead.

Three-year-old Matilda and her faithful Jack Russell terrier are home safe after spending almost 24 hours missing in flood-affected conditions in Western Australia's Pilbara region. Image: WA Police

The girl wandered off from the homestead, 70 kilometres from Nullagine, on Wednesday afternoon, prompting an extensive search.



Three-Year-Old Found Safe With Dog On Remote Outback Station After 24 Hours Missing

A three-year-old girl who went missing at a cattle station in Western Australia's Pilbara region has been found after an extensive search.

Overseas, the third impeachment trial in U.S. history has opened in the Senate, with formal charges against President Donald Trump being read out in the chamber. 

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in to preside over Trump's trial before he immediately swore in the entire Senate body with an oath to ensure "impartial justice" as jurors.

Earlier on Thursday, House Democrats who are prosecuting the case stood before the Senate to formally read the articles of impeachment against Trump.

Chief Justice John Roberts (C) walks into the Senate Chamber to swear-in lawmakers for the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump. Image: AAP

It comes as a key independent U.S government watchdog agency found the Trump administration violated federal law by withholding military aid approved by lawmakers for Ukraine.

The Office of Management and Budget "withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted" by law, the U.S Government Office (GAO) said in its report that was issued just hours ahead of the start of the impeachment trial.

A relaxed Prince Harry has made his first official public engagement since he and his wife Meghan stepped back from senior royals duties. 

Despite a week that began with an unprecedented royal summit to discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's future roles, Harry appeared at ease as he took part in the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw hosted at Buckingham Palace.

The draw was the last scheduled engagement for Prince Harry, before he and Meghan entering a "period of transition" in their new roles.

And you're all caught up with 10 daily.

With AAP.