Eleven children were taken into protective custody by Texas authorities after they were found living in a home with a sex offender and nine other adults.
Three of the children were tied up when they were into custody- one was a five-year-old blind girl, and the other two were 2-year-old boys.
The children- nine of whom were between the ages of five months and 5 years old and the other two of whom were ages 8 and 11- were being neglected and abused in a house with 10 adults including their grandparents who owned the home.
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None of the names of the adults staying in the home- some of whom were the parents of the neglected children- have been released, and the childrens’ full names will not be because of their ages.
All of the children were cousins and born to seven different sets of parents.
Protective services found that all 11 children lived in the same 10 foot by 10 foot bedroom which had no electricity and boarded up windows.
The five-month-old and eight-month-old boys were taken to the hospital to be treated for pneumonia and several of the children showed signs of abuse.
One of the abused boys said the adults regularly choked him and he had a black eye, a missing tooth, and fingerprint marks on his forearms showing a tight and frequent grip.
When questioned, the adults living in the house saw no problem with the fact that they regularly tied the children up for two to three hours during the day and longer at night.
They said they were doing it ‘for their safety’ though there was no rationale given to explain.
None of the children attended school, and many neighbors had no idea that there were even children in the home because there was no sign of them. They never saw kids being put in car seats or bikes scattered across the front lawn.
Douglas Waller, who claims to be the father of a 2-year-old girl named Ryan who was living in the house with her mother and grandparents, was distraught at the news.
‘It is very, very disturbing when you figure that your daughter or son is safe with their grandmother and come to find out that they’re not,’ he told local news station KHOU.com.
‘It makes me want to just grab a hold of somebody and just slap them,’ he continued.
Because the reports do not list the names of the adults found living in the house, it is difficult to establish their relationships to one another.
Surprisingly, no criminal charges have been placed against any of the adults from this neglect and abuse.
Two were 16-year-old male runaways who lived in the house after leaving their Houston foster homes. One of the boys had heard from his older brother that that the house ‘was fun’.
One of the other male adults, Mark E. Marsh III, was listed in the sex offender registry as living in the house. He was convicted of having criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl over a decade ago.
That may have been when the grandmother ran into legal trouble as well.
Court records say that six children were taken out of her care in Michigan.
The 11 children found in this Dayton, Texas home were a five-month-old boy, a 8-month-old boy, a 1-year-old boy, a 2-year-old boy and girl, a 3–year-old girl, a 4-year-old boy and girl, the 5-year-old legally blind girl, an 8-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy.
The custody issues of the case will go to court on March 9 where the future will be determined for the children.
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