“Treat” Your Children Well

Dad did a bad, bad thing (courtesy of KSHB-TV)

The title of this post is a play on the hit Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song “Treat Your Children Well.” And in the case of the Missouri couple mentioned here, it’s meant to be ironic since treating their children well is something they obviously don’t know how to do.

On Wednesday, police in Kansas City reported on a 17-year-old, mentally challenged teenager whose parents kept him handcuffed to a metal pole in their basement since September.

For more than five months, this poor kid survived only on oatmeal, bologna sandwiches and noodles. His parents would release him three times a day to use the restroom, but otherwise he remained bound. And when friends came to visit him, his folks would tell them he was out of town.

Ashley Reppy, a neighbor who lives very close to the family, was initially shocked by the news.ย Then she remembered that on several occasions, she had seen the teenager sleeping on the front porch because his family wouldn’t let him in the house.

“How do you not take care of your child?” she said to local reporters later.

How indeed.

Reppy and her cousin spoke with the victim’s older sibling not long ago and he told them his brother was being held “on permanent house arrest” for hitting his mother. It was Reppy’s cousin who contacted the Missouri Department of Social Services.

The basement where the victim was found (courtesy of Fox News)

Police rescued the teenager and described him as wearing dirty, tattered clothing. His face was “sunken in on the sides and his eyes had a look of desperation.” He was immediately taken to a local hospital for treatment and has been placed in protective custody with the Clay County Children’s Division, along with a 2-year-old child living in the home.

Since an investigation is being conducted, details have been rather sketchy. For now, however, these “wonderful” parents have not been charged, but it’s only a matter of time.

If you ask me, the best way to punish these losers–aside from forced sterilization and no future contact with any of their children–would be to chain them up in some basement for six months and to treat them exactly the same way that they treated their son. Maybe then they will realize that this wasn’t just bad parenting; it was torture.

And no one deserves to be subjected to that, least of all your own offspring!

Posted on February 8, 2013, in Family, Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Nothing shocks me as far as how abusive parents/adult figures can be to children. I suppose it is fortunate that his confinement only lasted six months, although that is happened at all is appalling.

    • I agree completely, Impy. Nothing shocks me any more, especially when it comes to children. One week someone is gunning them down in school; the next they’re being found chained up in some basement. It never ends. It just varies by degree. At least this kid sounds like he’s going to make it and the sociopaths… I mean parents… will be heading to jail eventually. Now we have to wait and see what’s coming next. I’m sure it won’t be long.

      Thanks for the comments and for stopping by, Impy! I hope you all have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Erm, “it”.

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