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|05-04-2007, 12:26 AM||#1|
R.I.P. STEVE FORREST 1925-2013
Join Date: Jul 13, 2003
Location: Carthage, NC
Drug Addict Parents Lock Child In Dog Cage With Shock Collar
TOLEDO, Ohio -- A boy was locked up in a small dog cage when he was being punished and while his father used drugs, and he sometimes had to wear a shock collar, authorities said.
His parents appeared briefly in court Thursday on charges of child endangerment and making or selling drugs in front of the boy, 10, and his 5-year-old brother.
Jessica Botzko, 28, and John Westover, 37, were arrested Wednesday, a day after the boys were left alone at home and ran away. They were found on a neighbor's porch.
The older boy told officers that he left because he was tired of being locked up, police said.
The cage was less than 2 feet high and 2 feet wide, and had a chain across the top with two locks on each end, he said.
"He had to tuck his knees into his chest, and he fell asleep in there on a couple occasions," Carroll said. "It wasn't continuous. It was probably on and off for punishment."
Court documents say the 10-year-old boy was repeatedly shocked at the family's home through a remote-controlled collar meant as a training device for animals.
Police searched the family's mobile home and found it filled with garbage, Carroll said.
It was not yet clear whether his brother was caged, Carroll said.
The boys were in state custody.
The parents' hearings were continued because neither had a lawyer. They remained in jail.
Authorities said Westover had an extensive criminal record and was wanted on a child endangering charge in suburban Toledo.
Another Ohio couple, Michael and Sharen Gravelle of Norwalk, were convicted in February of child abuse and endangerment for keeping some of their 11 special-needs adopted children in wire and wood enclosures.
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|05-04-2007, 12:39 AM||#2|
Thoughts of Change
Join Date: Apr 30, 2007
Location: KNIGHT RIDER
That is just sick... The parents' should be lockup for life !
Gimme A Break, now I know what it takes.
I'm putting a new face on the old one
Ready for anything.
Playing with fate, not a moment too late.
I'm showing the whole world
Nothing can get me down.
Gimme A Break, Yeah yeah!
I finally know where I belong.
|05-04-2007, 01:14 AM||#3|
God Bless Val
Join Date: May 29, 2006
Location: Bewitched in Ohio
What is with these IDIOTS!? Honestly, some people should not be allowed to reproduce. Hope these morons get the book thrown at them and get locked up for life.
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|05-04-2007, 02:29 AM||#5|
I'm bringing Lexy back
Join Date: Jun 07, 2005
Location: The Great White North
I think they should strap the parents in for a little shock treatment
I look forward to resuming our verbal judo - Lex Luthor
It's a complicated world, Clark. Only the naÔve view it in black and white - Lex Luthor
Lex: "Well, thatís a common mistake."
Lionel Luthor: "We don't need to play games, son."
Lex Luthor: "Dad, games are all we got."
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