Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tennessee Couple Accused of Locking Girl with Autism in Wooden Cage

Sad story of course, but this item is too shallow by far.   That feces was smelled on the cage tells me immediately that the child was habitually playing with feces.  Think about that running around your house.

Now the state will have the pleasure of caring for this child and likely the State had previously rejected such a choice.  This is also a severe case and may well include retardation as well with no possible happy outcome.

You must understand that such a child needs 24/7 supervision in order to live normally in a like community.  He will do well there.

The parents have done as best they can for as long as was possible. 

Tennessee Couple Accused of Locking Girl with Autism in Wooden Cage to ‘Control the Child Better’

8 Feb 2017232

Deputies: Autistic girl locked in cage inside Jonesborough home

During a Monday welfare check, deputies in Jonesborough, TN discovered a girl with autism was locked in a cage that smelled like “urine and feces,” says a WJHL report.

Authorities were following up on a tip that a child was kept in a cage at a home owned by 69-year-old Mickey Sparks and 43-year-old Patricia Lewis. Upon arrival, they found the 10-year-old girl locked in a wooden cage on a mattress in a bedroom.

Court documents reveal that Sparks and Lewis kept the girl in the cage because “they were able to control the child better by locking her up,” and had done so for the last three or four years.

Sparks told investigators that the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) was aware of the cage and its purpose, but they cannot find reports of DCS approving the cage.

Sparks and Lewis were both arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect. They remain in jail on a $50,000 bond.

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