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Atrocious living results in couple arrested for child neglect

There are 58 comments on the WANE Fort Wayne story from Feb 22, 2008, titled Atrocious living results in couple arrested for child neglect. In it, WANE Fort Wayne reports that:

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jim

United States

#1 Feb 22, 2008
before pointing finger at them they may have been experiencing depression or other medical problems
Gemini7711

Anderson, IN

#2 Feb 22, 2008
I would be depressed too if I lived in such filth. How can you not point the finger at them? How can depression honestly be a vaild excuse for making their child live like that. There is no valid excuse. How disgusting!
P H Esper

Elkhart, IN

#3 Feb 22, 2008
If it were just one person, I might agree with the above statement, but, two adults in the same house, no way.
In a previous job, I went into a lot of different homes. Squalid living conditions are a lot more common than anyone thinks or would like to think.
If I had to put a number on it......1 in roughly 500 homes are trashed out. At least based on my experience.
Jenny

Warren, IN

#4 Feb 22, 2008
I can understand the police having the authority to take the child temporarily, but it seems the parents should be given some assistance in cleaning the home, or at least a chance to do it on their own, before the state can come in and condem it, and even take their animals. The photos were excessive, and seemed to be awfully humiliating for the family, child included!
Upset Momma

Logansport, IN

#5 Feb 22, 2008
How in the world can someone live with their CHILD in these conditions. The poor boy sorry to say but, will be better off. I feel so sorry for him!
Amerie

Duncan, OK

#6 Feb 22, 2008
Jenny wrote:
I can understand the police having the authority to take the child temporarily, but it seems the parents should be given some assistance in cleaning the home, or at least a chance to do it on their own, before the state can come in and condem it, and even take their animals. The photos were excessive, and seemed to be awfully humiliating for the family, child included!
Ok that house can not trailer cannot be cleaned.Did you see that toilet? this home needs to be burned to the ground
Amerie

Duncan, OK

#7 Feb 22, 2008
OOPs sorry about the typos
Comment should read

That trailer cannot be cleaned
Josh

Fort Wayne, IN

#8 Feb 22, 2008
maybe the government needs to stop helping the aliens of this country and start using tax dollars to help our own!
Pierceton Resident

Johnson City, TN

#9 Feb 22, 2008
Well this house looks disgusting. I do not believe there is anyway on earth to clean this house and honestly a medical condition or not there is no reason for it to get this bad. It didn't happen over night, or even over a month it had to take alot of time to get this bad. I have two kids who destroy my house, and there is no way in the world my house would look like that. It is a disgrace and I agree with what the police did.
lenny

Quincy, MA

#10 Feb 22, 2008
how do you expect these people to get real help, when they are judged unfairly
due to everyone seeing and knowing what their living conditions were. the pictures are too graphic and thanks to the media everybody knows who they are, and looks down on them instead of helping. hopefully the communities can reach out and help them and others in their situations.
pierceton girl

Quincy, MA

#11 Feb 22, 2008
i know who these people are and they are not really bad people. i know that their living conditions were really bad, but hopefully they can get their act together and do whatever is right for their son.
south whitley womwan

Quincy, MA

#12 Feb 22, 2008
how exactly did they get these photos????? it is called TRESPASSING...
renee_rickman

Baltimore, MD

#13 Feb 22, 2008
How on earth can people live like that? And why did it take so long for someone to report it? That child should NEVER have been left in those kind of conditions for even a second.
If more people were to report those conditions sooner children wouldn't have to live in that kind of environment.
Momof2

Independence, MO

#14 Feb 22, 2008
Lenny are you kidding me. Protect the parents. Please. How about protecting the child that had live in this unsafe enviroment. And I am glad the pictures are public. People need to see that the police and Children Division do there job. Now I just hope the court does the right for the child.

And to the person that made the call to the police. You did the right thing.
Pat A

Goshen, IN

#15 Feb 22, 2008
No, its not called "trespassing". It is called "investigation". My real concern is for the child here. I was so surprised to see the boy's name used in the article. I realize that people who know the parents would know the name of the son, but you don't have to tell the whole country about this boy's situation. It will open him up to ridicule by his peers and he certainly doesn't need that.
depressed mom

Walkersville, MD

#16 Feb 22, 2008
Pierceton Resident wrote:
Well this house looks disgusting. I do not believe there is anyway on earth to clean this house and honestly a medical condition or not there is no reason for it to get this bad. It didn't happen over night, or even over a month it had to take alot of time to get this bad. I have two kids who destroy my house, and there is no way in the world my house would look like that. It is a disgrace and I agree with what the police did.


I myself am a depressed mom, as a kid growing up I knew people whos house that was really dirty. trash bags laying on the floor in the kitchen food containers on the counters. Clothes flunge all over. But their 3 kids where always well dressed, feed and cleand. I found out just the last 3 years that the mother was depressed, attempted suiside. But being a kid they blocked all of that from us kids and their own. Both parents worked & her sickness no wonder.

Anyone that has 2 kids at least toddler age and up, if you are home sick with the flu and you can't clean,all you do is fix the meals that you have to. You put your dishes in the sink. thinking I'll get them tomorrow. But you feel even worse than you did before and don't do any thing in the house for 3 days to a week tell me, how it can get out of control.

If you have severe depression you are all ready out of control, so it doesn't take much to keep pileing up, and up, then you feel like saying to h_ll with it.

I do agree the trailer isn't going to cleaned it needs to be burned. I also agree about the child being taken out of there, but his parents should be put into parenting classes and helped out by the state because I might be overstepping here but I think they are finacally in trouble. But the state isn't good about helping the ones who need it.
unbelievable

United States

#17 Feb 22, 2008
I certainly understand why this child was removed from these conditions, however, I think it is awful for the news to not only put the pictures on the website, but to name the child. That is not right, Shame on you! This child did not ask for these conditions and people can be very cruel, not only kids, but adults alike.
As for the parents, lets hope our system works with the parents to teach them the skills they need to take care of themselves and their child. I do think that the police and CPS did the right thing by removing the child, but I hope their is some sort of intervention to try and help the family.
By the way, since when does someone reporting a case of child abuse and neglect hit the news? I thought this was all supposed to be CONFIDENTIAL? It makes me wonder how the news even found out....Does this make other people wonder about the confidentiality of CPS?
Concerned mom

Wheaton, IL

#18 Feb 22, 2008
This is terrible, but shouldn't you have left the kid's name out of the story? Isn't that a privacy issue concerning a minor? I'm sure his life has been tough enough without getting embarrassed on the news!
ozmo

Akron, OH

#19 Feb 23, 2008
makes you wonder if there really is a god
Pat A

Goshen, IN

#20 Feb 23, 2008
It sounds like CPS is innocent here. They were called to get a child and did so. It was through other ways that the identity of the child was learned, like from law enforcement to the media.
unbelievable wrote:
I certainly understand why this child was removed from these conditions, however, I think it is awful for the news to not only put the pictures on the website, but to name the child. That is not right, Shame on you! This child did not ask for these conditions and people can be very cruel, not only kids, but adults alike.
As for the parents, lets hope our system works with the parents to teach them the skills they need to take care of themselves and their child. I do think that the police and CPS did the right thing by removing the child, but I hope their is some sort of intervention to try and help the family.
By the way, since when does someone reporting a case of child abuse and neglect hit the news? I thought this was all supposed to be CONFIDENTIAL? It makes me wonder how the news even found out....Does this make other people wonder about the confidentiality of CPS?

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