Gloucester girl was penned in a darke...

Gloucester girl was penned in a darkened room, neighbors say

There are 12 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Apr 30, 2011, titled Gloucester girl was penned in a darkened room, neighbors say. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

She was a tiny girl with blond hair, so small that a sheriff's deputy was cradling her in one arm like she was a young toddler, even though authorities believe she is 5 or 6 years old.

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Spike

United States

#1 May 1, 2011
I will never understand how something like this can happen. How is it possible that they could keep this child's very existance a secret. According to one of the articles I read, even close neighbors didn't know the girl was even there. Surely these two had family that should have inquired after these children's well being. How were the authorities tipped off to this situation? I'm so glad that they were found out. I only wish it would have happened earlier. God bless the little children....everywhere.
Jinxy

Gloucester, VA

#2 May 1, 2011
Spike it's true. I am a neighbor and had absolutely no idea there was a child in that home much less more than one apparently. I saw or heard absolutely nothing strange or unusual. The only thing that I could even remark on that even makes me remember who they even are is that when he would cut the grass, he always cut such a large perimeter around the home-further than the unmarked boundaries of the home. Now you can read what you want to in that but at the time it didn't mean much of anything other than he wanted lots of yard. I dunno, it makes me sad that we could help the little girl sooner, or the one found deceased.

There had to have been family that knew of these children right??
Spike

United States

#3 May 1, 2011
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the paper say these two were married for 4 years, and the little girl is 5 to 6 years old. Was it even their child?
Tabitha G

Newport News, VA

#4 May 2, 2011
this entire situation is utter insanity. i just don't understand how a parent could do such awful things.
Tabitha G

Newport News, VA

#5 May 2, 2011
I actually graduated with her... can't believe it.
Don-in-Gloc

Gloucester, VA

#6 May 2, 2011
Where were the grandparents? Unimaginable!
Half Dozen

Springfield, VA

#8 May 6, 2011
Jinxy wrote:
Spike it's true. I am a neighbor and had absolutely no idea there was a child in that home much less more than one apparently. I saw or heard absolutely nothing strange or unusual. The only thing that I could even remark on that even makes me remember who they even are is that when he would cut the grass, he always cut such a large perimeter around the home-further than the unmarked boundaries of the home. Now you can read what you want to in that but at the time it didn't mean much of anything other than he wanted lots of yard. I dunno, it makes me sad that we could help the little girl sooner, or the one found deceased.
There had to have been family that knew of these children right??
I am dying to know why these people did this. Do you know if she went to the hospital to have the little boy? I think the girl was penned all her life b/c she would have been going ballistic if she was only penned starting last summer and someone would have heard her. I wonder if she was a twin and that kept her quiet and the dead child is her sister. Was Shannon a druggie?

It also looks to me like she knew the girl was about to die b/c the reports said she was hysterical when the police found her and was taken from the house on a stretcher. She almost got away with it.

I think the husband is going to throw her under the bus with this per his comment to the judge "four people in our household."
StevieG

Gloucester, VA

#9 May 6, 2011
It doesn't matter if he drives the bus or directs it. He also knew and said nor did anything to rectify the situation. The big question isn't why, it's how can it be prevented from ever occurring again anywhere.
As they say in Zen a Koan.
(In Zen Buddhism): A problem or riddle that admits no logical solution.
Half Dozen

Springfield, VA

#10 May 6, 2011
StevieG wrote:
It doesn't matter if he drives the bus or directs it. He also knew and said nor did anything to rectify the situation. The big question isn't why, it's how can it be prevented from ever occurring again anywhere.
As they say in Zen a Koan.
(In Zen Buddhism): A problem or riddle that admits no logical solution.
That wasn't my point. I'm just pointing out how evil and stupid he is. I agree he is just as guilty. I think they are both lying, lying, lying. There is no way that girl was penned only since last summer and they lived there for six years. She been abused and caged like this her entire life. You cannot keep a healthy kid quiet in a cage like this so that no one hears them. They would go ballistic if they weren't used to it. Most would wake the dead from being in a playpen for ten minutes.
StevieG

Gloucester, VA

#11 May 6, 2011
Point taken and I agree. Sad when we consider the times we live and as to how we have progressed in technology but how barbaric some have remained on the human level. It's clear I believe, that existence is all that child knew.
Dr D

Newport News, VA

#12 May 6, 2011
StevieG wrote:
Point taken and I agree. Sad when we consider the times we live and as to how we have progressed in technology but how barbaric some have remained on the human level. It's clear I believe, that existence is all that child knew.
And it would be sad, except it was reported in the daily press, and there is little to be believed in the daily press.
Think about it

Hayes, VA

#13 May 6, 2011
This is so sad. It breaks my heart to read about this. Children at that age are so innocent. And with so many married couples wanting children and not being able to have them, give up the child if you don't want it. Give the child a chance at a good life instead of abusing it like this.

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