York City Police: Parents hid 5 child...

York City Police: Parents hid 5 children from the world

There are 27 comments on the York Dispatch story from Nov 8, 2010, titled York City Police: Parents hid 5 children from the world. In it, York Dispatch reports that:

It was seven years ago that child social workers, acting on an anonymous tip, first tried to confirm the existence of young siblings purportedly living in squalor and secrecy in York City.

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Lemoyne, PA

#1 Nov 8, 2010
I lived a block from them during that whole time and never even knew anyone lived there. WOW.I went past there all the time and never saw any signs of anyone.They had neighbors I wonder why they never reported anything. OMG that is just creepy. What is wrong with people? And to use religion as the reason is sad. There are so many resources this family could have taken advantage of. SMH

Lemoyne, PA

#2 Nov 8, 2010
O wait I am sorry maybe the tip was from the neighbors. My mistake

Columbia, MD

#5 Nov 8, 2010
You can't pull the religion card if you're the only members of this religion.
lying fools

United States

#6 Nov 8, 2010
Do you all think this is rare. Welcome to the new America people. Wait till the fed totally F's things up. This is the NEW third world country, behind China, India and Mexico
yorkhigh fan 83

York, PA

#7 Nov 8, 2010
he was an crazy ass fool in school something is wrong with him his mother shot him about 20 years ago

Chambersburg, PA

#8 Nov 8, 2010
What a bunch of hogs!! I pray those poor children are never returned to their "parents".

United States

#9 Nov 8, 2010
This is very sad!!! How can anybody do such a cruel thing!! God bless those angels!
pine st homie

Harrisburg, PA

#10 Nov 8, 2010
hey i used to drink everyday wit this guy at jackson pub lol he was a cool dude to me!
Its Time

Bainbridge, PA

#12 Nov 8, 2010
It sounds like the family was simply homeless, this seems to be a condition of a lot of folks these days. Why arrest these people and not help them. Shame on America that in this land of everything , we have such poverty.

Reading, PA

#13 Nov 8, 2010
homeless?? we have several different programs to keep u from becoming homeless especially someone with kids. This is what our tax dollars are for. public welfare. there is NO EXCUSE on the planet for poor parenting. Those children have a long road ahead. keep them in your prayers.

York, PA

#14 Nov 9, 2010
This story is very well written as compared to the story in the YDR.

Some items I do not understand - If they knew someone was living in a home without utilities why did they not contact the fire company to condemn the property right away and force the occupants to leave?

Was the "mother" receiving any type of governement assistance?

Why didn't the police and caseworker have a search warrant the first time they return to the property?

Why is this story coming to light now and not a year ago when they were arrested?
Felly Smarts

Mount Joy, PA

#16 Nov 9, 2010
"We can't just break down the door."
My suspicions tell me that if there was evidence of a crack pipe behind that door they would have no problems breaking it down. But the well fare of 5 children doesn't warrant such force. What is wrong with this picture?
judge 3

Lancaster, PA

#17 Nov 9, 2010
the system in place here is insane...if there would of been a parking ticket involved they would of broke down the door........just show how government is such a mess and the law works in mysterious ways.......

United States

#19 Nov 10, 2010
My boyfriend and I were just discussing this story and we're wondering if blood tests will be done to determine if the children are really Johnson & Bowers biological children? It seems odd that there are no birth certificates, no school records. Are these abducted children?

York, PA

#20 Nov 10, 2010
MandiSteve wrote:
My boyfriend and I were just discussing this story and we're wondering if blood tests will be done to determine if the children are really Johnson & Bowers biological children? It seems odd that there are no birth certificates, no school records. Are these abducted children?
Well said!!

York, PA

#21 Nov 10, 2010
"We just can't break down the door." Are you kidding me?? The system is soooooo broken. Is there a way we can help these children? Clothing, donations, anything?? I am sure a lot of people want to help!

Spring Grove, PA

#23 Nov 11, 2010
If they don't have records, maybe they are kidnapped from another state?? Maybe they are another Elizabeth Smart case?
viktors nana

Felton, PA

#24 Nov 11, 2010
Can someone tell me why it CYS took six years to notify York police that there was a report of children living in squallor in the city???
Oh yeah, and why is this delightful pair just facing arraignment Dec. 3, 2010 when the children were found (thank God) more than 15 months ago???

Lemoyne, PA

#25 Nov 13, 2010
Isn't it ashame people like this can reproduce!!!!
sally white

Kleinfeltersville, PA

#26 Nov 13, 2010
the parents forlack of a better word should be charged w everything the court can hit them with i am a single mom and there is no reason to make or allow children in that kind of enviroment. hell if nothing else hand the children to a nurse at hospital and walk away better to give those baby's up to the state than have them living like that what in the world is wrong with those two please never give those children back to them they are not even fit to raise junk yard dogs

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