Parents’ child abuse includes dog cage, shock collar

This Week’s Top Scrooge – May 4, 2007 


There are some stories I just can’t shake. Even if they do fall back into the recesses of my brain, it takes some time.

While scanning the web for news on This Week’s Top Scrooge…it’s those stories, the ones which define evil in a way maybe not heard before or maybe just plain scary that I decide to feature. While some acts of scroogery we can have a little fun with, this one doesn’t fit in that category.

How big a part do drugs play in this story out of Toledo, Ohio? Probably a lot. The lead paragraph alone is frightening enough:

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.

The parents have been charged with child endangerment and making or selling drugs in front of the boy, 10, and his 5-year-old brother.

As with most non-public figures, I’ll leave out the names of the parents who get the Top Scrooge dis-honor. You can read the story for yourselves, but the 37-year-old man and wife, 28, were arrested after the boys were left alone at home and ran away. They were found on a neighbor’s porch.

Thank you, Lord, for leading them to safety.

The older boy told officers that he left because he was tired of being locked up, according to officers. They reported that 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.

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.

It’s not clear as to how long of periods the boys were subject to this cruelty, but in anybody’s book it appears long enough.

Children are too precious for these sorts of things. It’s too painful to even try and look for answers, but I thought these verses may serve as a prayer:

Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:13,14

May those children spend the rest of their lives in His hands.

AP story


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