Liberty County officials take 3 boys from mother
OK, this is a massive fail for these three kids all the way around, in my opinion. There is no mention of the mother’s name in this story, but if I find out what it is, I’ll be sure to let y’all know.
Apparently a ‘mother’ of three boys, ages 11, 8 and 1 year, has had her kids removed from her because she made the 8 year old go to church. That’s crazy….right? Except it’s not. The ‘church’ was an abandoned church building that she forced the 8 year old to stay in, alone, and with only a paint can and roll of toilet paper for comfort – as a means of punishment. She would hit the boy with a yardstick all the way to the church, then lock him inside for hours at a time. Neighbors witnessed this cruelty, and did nothing. By nothing, I mean that this cruelty went on for some time before a neighbor got around to reporting the witch. Fail #1 – neighbors look the other way for a while.
This woman had already been investigated at least four times previously for failing to care for her children adequately. Fail #2 – CPS dropped the ball.
Each child had a different father, and one of the dads was jailed in another state for sexually assaulting a minor. Great role models, huh? That would be fail #3.
In 2005, an ‘uncle’ (my guess is that’s a euphemism for step-penis) held down one of the kids and forced him to watch porn. CPS did not remove the kids from the mother’s custody. Why? Because the mother ASSURED them that she could take care of the kids. Great job, mom! Great job, CPS! No, not really. Fail #4.
And since I have homeschooled my children in the past and plan to in the future, I almost hate to mention this, but I will. Just to keep others from trying to use this case as an example of why homeschooling should be illegal. The woman got away with the abuse for so long because she was homeschooling her kids, and they had no opportunity to report her themselves. That is NOT an indictment against homeschooling. As I said, I homeschool mine. They are not abused. They have plenty of outside contact with others through church (not being locked in one – attending services on Sundays and Wednesdays), extracurricular activities and sports, birthday parties (theirs and those for other kids), and a multitude of other opportunities for interaction with their peers. I just wanted to put that out there, so (maybe) no-one would try to make this about homeschooling. It’s not about educational choices here, it’s about a stupid woman abusing her kids, and CPS allowing it to continue for years.
This story comes to us by way of Carolyn. Thanks for the tip.