What do you get if you have a blind five-year-old, a convicted sex offender, ten other children under the age of 12, a pregnant woman, ten other adults, plenty of rope and filthy conditions – all in a 1700 sq. ft. house? Sounds like the beginning of a really bad joke, doesn’t it? Well, it’s really bad, but unfortunately its no joke. In addition to all I listed above, one of the women there has already been investigated multiple times by CPS – once for punching one of the children in the stomach. The children were not named, but there were seven boys, ages 4 mos., 6 mos., 1, 2, 4, 8 and 11; and four girls, ages 2, 3, 4 and 5 years. Oh, and the five year old girl is legally blind. And the two youngest infants were taken to the hospital with what was believed to be pneumonia. The eleven year old boy had a black eye, finger-mark bruising on his arms, and a knocked-out tooth. And all of these are believed to be the grandchildren of the owner of the house, Tanda Marsh-Smith, who, incidentally, is also the one that has been investigated by CPS multiple times already.
Had enough? I have. But there’s more. The son of the grand-beast, Mark E. Marsh III, 34, is a convicted sex offender – in 1997 he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year old girl. In addition, both 2-year olds, and the 5-year old, were all tied up. And all were living in squalid conditions. And none of them attended school – who wants to take bets that the grand-monster was ‘home-schooling’ them? Or pretending to. It was also mentioned in one of the links that this was being investigated as possible cult activity. I wonder if they were members of some obscure fundamentalist church in the area? Wouldn’t that just make this the best ‘FAIL’ story of all time? And then we could also be assured of having several of the other members of the church come here to tell us all that we are going to hell for being mean to such GOOD people.
As far as the restraints for the children, the adults in the house said they didn’t see anything wrong with it, and that it was only done to make sure the kiddies were safe while they were sleeping. Oh, well, then – I guess that makes it all OK doesn’t it? No….not really… The children gave a completely different account, with at least one of them stating that they were locked/tied up for most of the day. Ooooohhhhh….the kids’ll tell on you every time won’t they? The little beasties – they should probably be beaten for that – oh, wait, they already have been…my bad. Oh, and the coup-de-grace? There were also two sixteen-year-old runaways from another state living there – because they had been told that it was a FUN place to live….dear God….
I could go on with this for pages, but in the interest of time (and what’s left of my sanity), I’ll let all of you read the many other interesting details in the six linked articles, and add anything I left out that you think appropriate.
Personally, I think all of the parents of these children should be sterilized and then imprisoned. The grand-beast should be tied to a filthy mattress in a small dark room – shoot, put them all in the same small dank cell together – with a convicted rapist. Oh, wait, if they are all in there together, they’ll already have one of those won’t they? Give ‘em a couple more just in case any of them get lonely. Really big, mean guys named Butch or Bubba……or Bruce.
Thanks for the tips go to Danielle, Deb, April, and one other whose e-mail tip I have misplaced, but I will include them as soon as I find it.