Recent News Story: 16 year old boy tortured by guardians

The film version of the fate of Sylvia Likens
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Dec 11, 2008 8:36 am

i was totally reminded of this movie recently. This month in my local news...a 16 year old boy (about 40 mins from where I live) escaped from his home where he was being tortured by his legal guardian (the woman who gained custody of him after his mom died) and a couple who took them in (who also happen to have 3 kids of their own- under 9 years old).
Now they're saying a fourth person is involved in the torture, a neighbor (also an adult) was involved as well.

The legal guardian already had a felony charge against her for abusing the boy earlier, but apparently Child Protective Services did nothing to save him from the abuse.

These adults beat up this boy for over a year, they would heat a metal bat into a fire till it was red and burn him with it, burn him with cigarettes....choke, cut and beat him senseless with anything they could get their hands onto, they chained him to a coffee table for days as if it were normal as they would eat at the dinner table without him. They also chained him to the fireplace where they forced him to sleep and later was burned while in the fireplace as a trick by one of his abusers.

There's more detail that I'm not gonna get into, but it was all very reminiscent of Sylvia and her situation, except this kid has had a history of abuse with his father and has been in the foster care system for most of his life. And he managed to escape, though shackled and emaciated. It's really sad to think about and only makes the abuse more of a reality once you hear stories like this.

Here are a few news stories (if you can see them):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck-XmEWMDsM&e

http://www.blinkx.com/video/tracy-coupl ... TVFRP09YVA

http://www.truveo.com/Raw-Video-Accused ... /350817740

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=684244

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/art ... gD94RMC100

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bChRVXEL ... re=related
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Dec 11, 2008 1:25 pm

It makes me so sad and angry to hear stories like these. How can someone do that? I friggin horrendous. I just can't fathom it. And they say abuse is quite common which is the scary thing. When we went to Callum's parent night for his new school, I looked around thinking about that. Thinking, which of these normal looking parents abuse their child / children... Hopefully none.

It's just awful that this happens. Just so sadistic and cruel to hurt a helpless child. I always think about what the child was thinking and how alone they felt - it cuts me up.
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Dec 11, 2008 7:26 pm

mhmm, I think in Germany we have the same Problem in tha last 12 Monthsin germany happend terrible things, too Like a father caged her daughter in a room and made 4 childs or more with his daughter. Thats horrible for the famaly anyway. :-/ i forgot one was born dead and he brun it. terrible every year we hav shit like that.
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Dec 11, 2008 9:14 pm

N3mesis wrote:mhmm, I think in Germany we have the same Problem in tha last 12 Monthsin germany happend terrible things, too Like a father caged her daughter in a room and made 4 childs or more with his daughter. Thats horrible for the famaly anyway. :-/ i forgot one was born dead and he brun it. terrible every year we hav shit like that.

yea I heard about that story after telling my mom and her bf about the movie awhile back
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Dec 12, 2008 1:07 am

Yes, I saw that one too. The area he had her in was horrendous! It's bloody awful. I actually just spoke about it with another lady from work a couple days ago. All the same sentiments as my previous post :(
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Dec 12, 2008 1:16 am

Yeah, that was really quite horrific. He said he wasn't a monster because he took his daughter to hospital. Too fucking late!
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Dec 12, 2008 2:32 pm

I can say ya, he will be out in 15-20 Years +Psychologie lessons or something (5 Years) so he will be out in 20-25 years :-S those "human" must be executed with a french gioulltine.
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