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Toddler Locked In Room For A Month
CBS/AP ^ | 07/18/06

Posted on 07/19/2006 1:28:03 PM PDT by presidio9

A Torrington man and his girlfriend have been charged with risk of injury after a 3-year-old boy was found locked in a room in their home with a broken arm.

Police said the boy was forced to stay in the room for a month as punishment for swearing. He was allowed to leave only to use the toilet for a bowel movement. A 20-ounce soda bottle was provided when he had to urinate, according to the police report.

The child's father, Jeremy Lacey 29, and his girlfriend, Mistee Lee Lemons, 27, were charged with three counts of risk of injury to a minor ordered held on $150,000 bonds. They are scheduled to return to court on August 2.

The boy and seven other children in the home were taken into state custody.

The boy told police he hurt his arm trying to climb on a milk crate to open the door.

He was found Monday by a neighbor, who told police she went into the apartment after seeing several children hanging off a second-floor balcony.

Jenny Loomis told the Register Citizen of Torrington that when she unlocked the bedroom door and saw the boy with a bloody lip and cradling his swollen arm, she was devastated.

"I was shaking and it took everything I had not to cry about what I was seeing," Loomis said.

"When I opened the door and told him he could come out, he looked around and said he was not allowed to talk," she said. "I thought something has to be done."

The child's fracture appeared to be at least 15 hours old, according to the police report.

The children told police the couple also forced them to balance books on their heads as punishment, and would spank them if a book dropped.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: childabuse; getarope
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1 posted on 07/19/2006 1:28:07 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

God .... these stories kill me


2 posted on 07/19/2006 1:29:36 PM PDT by Fighting Irish (Ever find yourself posting messages just to show off your taglines?)
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To: presidio9

Hand me the baseball bat and give me 5 minutes in a locked room with these two idiots!.........


3 posted on 07/19/2006 1:30:19 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: presidio9
8 children...EIGHT
4 posted on 07/19/2006 1:30:44 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: presidio9

Is there not some happy medium between sadistic abuse and letting kids run the household??
susie


5 posted on 07/19/2006 1:30:44 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: presidio9

These adults need their pictures posted. Please note that I did not refer to them as "people" or "human".


6 posted on 07/19/2006 1:30:58 PM PDT by TommyDale (Stop the Nifongery!)
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To: presidio9

It's not enough they will be locked up for more than a month.


7 posted on 07/19/2006 1:31:59 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Hildy

8 children...and 29 years old

Classy


8 posted on 07/19/2006 1:32:59 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: brytlea

You're joking, right?


9 posted on 07/19/2006 1:35:54 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: presidio9; finnman69

Once again, totally dysfunctional people popping out baby after baby after baby, not wanting or giving a d*** about any of them. I guarantee they've dipped heavily into taxpayer funds over the years. Why do we keep paying people to do this?


10 posted on 07/19/2006 1:40:26 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: finnman69

Lemons, a Vermont native and mother of five children ages 4 to 10, has lived with Lacey and his three children, ages 3 to 6 at the Funston Avenue home for a few months, according to the court bail commissioner, Francine Harrison.
Lemons was arrested in March 2004 in Vermont for allegedly giving a false report, but has no other criminal record, Harrison said.
Lacey, a New York state native, has a criminal history in New York that includes assault with a weapon, for which he served 29 days in jail, Harrison said. He has also been arrested in that state for allegedly violating probation, driving while intoxicated, second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree harassment.
Lacey and Lemons told neighbors they had difficult pasts, but were starting anew by bringing their eight children to live together in Torrington, Loomis said.
"They had us all fooled," Loomis said. "We all fell for it, giving them clothes and rides everywhere."
DCF was called to the house in late June after the couple had an argument, police said. Loomis said she saw them supply blankets to the family, but wondered why the children were not taken out of the home earlier.
Police went to the home to investigate an argument between Lacey and Lemons early in the evening Monday and thought Lacey was intoxicated, but found no evidence of a possible crime, according to a police report. Loomis said Lemons and Lacey continued to argue after police left, and she left Lacey, walking down Funston Avenue with her five children in tow.


11 posted on 07/19/2006 1:41:07 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: presidio9

Prayer for these poor children. I was readying this hoping and praying I did not know this family, or know anyone who does. It doesn't say where they live.

Another town going down the lib toilet. Not that that excuses the parents action, it most certainly doesn't. Heart wrenching!


12 posted on 07/19/2006 1:41:50 PM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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To: Fighting Irish

Ditto.


13 posted on 07/19/2006 1:42:21 PM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: Hildy

On the line of 'just shake your head' check this out: http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/localnews/daily/0719babyweb.html


14 posted on 07/19/2006 1:42:39 PM PDT by sjm_888
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To: Fighting Irish

OMG. These two vermin should be forcibly sterilized.


15 posted on 07/19/2006 1:42:49 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: presidio9

I'm sure there's a rational explanation for this.

The parents are Democrats, and they're just upset because Bush is in office.


16 posted on 07/19/2006 1:42:51 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: presidio9

errrr, some do not deserve the children
they have been blessed with ...


17 posted on 07/19/2006 1:44:05 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: Red Badger; presidio9

Hanging is too good for them. I want sloppy seconds with the baseball bat.


18 posted on 07/19/2006 1:44:07 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (All Marines can throw a grenade. The really, really good ones can throw a slider with one.)
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To: presidio9

How many were their biological children? Monsters like these should be kept in prison and sterilized.


19 posted on 07/19/2006 1:44:12 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3

Wonder how much welfare money they were receiving for all those kids?


20 posted on 07/19/2006 1:46:52 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: Hildy; brytlea

I believe she's making the point that perhaps just a spanking with a belt is a happy medium.


21 posted on 07/19/2006 1:46:58 PM PDT by Fawn (BUILD A LONG TALL WALL)
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To: brytlea
Is there not some happy medium between sadistic abuse and letting kids run the household??

i'd guess about 90% of the parents on this site got it right.
22 posted on 07/19/2006 1:49:47 PM PDT by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: Fighting Irish
God .... these stories kill me

As the parent of a three-year-old, they do me as well.

It breaks my heart to know there are parents who treat their children this way, and that there are others who would give their left arm to have more kids to love, but can't.

23 posted on 07/19/2006 1:50:01 PM PDT by TChris (Banning DDT wasn't about birds. It was about power.)
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To: shield
"Wonder how much welfare money they were receiving for all those kids?"


Well, no way of knowing, BUT, Torrington is one of the cities that still gives City welfare, and people across the nation have somehow gotten wind of that. So they move from all over, to collect that AND state welfare.

I once knew of an ex con who was from Texas, and moved to Torrington for that very reason, he was told he could collect both.
24 posted on 07/19/2006 1:50:58 PM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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To: Red Badger

Screw the baseball bat. That's why God gave us nails and teeth.


25 posted on 07/19/2006 1:51:22 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Red Badger; Horatio Gates; Squantos

I had guy run from my susp. vehicle stop the other night. Left his 3 y.o. in the car with a guy the kid didn't know.

I knew the driver/loser/dad by sight. He ran because he had a piddly 500 buck misdemeanor warrant, for which I would never have booked him because I then would have had to deal with getting the kid back to mom. Who knows where she's out getting high.

BTW, the other guy I've met once before. He has been sht by our local Sheriff's dept, (3x during one incident) and did time for assaulting Police with a weapon. That's called assault 2 here and you don't do the 35 months in prison he did without actually getting sentenced to closer to 5 years.

Just pushing back the tide here.

We also have row of apartments, behind our Pct no less, with multiple "refugees" from New Orleans. If I know your name and date of birth within a week and half of you moving to my area, you have serious life problems.

I was accused of being predjudiced against people from New Orleans of all things. Jeez!

I'd trade one "refugee" for another 1,000 illegals from Mexico.

I did have some nice cosmic justice a couple of weeks ago though. The dept. sent a guy from our video unit out to try and get some video of officers, in this case me, handling calls.

I roll by some local bangers that I know and they ask "who's the guy with the camera." I said, "if you want to be on COPS, start runnin."

Apparently they thought I was serious because not a minute later I'm about 3-4 blocks away and they try to strong arm rob this guy in a van. The desciption is so good that after dispatch broadcasts the call I name 3-4 of them and say I'm just saw them and will be contacting them in about 30 seconds.

I roll up on them, 7 of them now, and order them all onto the hod of my car. Of course, 6 comply and one decides to start arguing and not comply.

He's screaming about being harassed by the Police and how he's already suing my dept.

I attempt to escort him to the hood of my car and he starts trying to pull away. I've got about 80 lbs on him and I am able to control him easily while watching the others, who are on their knees as ordered.

Dude starts banging his own head on the hood (2x) and yelling about his "payday is just getting bigger." Of course his loser "mom", more like a turd delivery system, is across the street and she has to try and get into the action and interfere.

The upshot is everything worked out fine and the whole thing was on video, from me whipping my head around towards him when he started yelling at me, to me escorting him to the car and telling him nicely to calm down, to his slamming his own head on the car and talking about his "payday" increasing.

It's funny seeing it on video. I got to see how calm I look on the outside, while churning the possibilities through my stomach at the same time. I never saw myself on video before. It was kinda cool.



Please see my tag line as I find it the most appropriate phrase for my line of work.

I could go on and on and on. And I'm a rookie for god's sake.


26 posted on 07/19/2006 1:52:19 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Life is hard. It's really hard when you're stupid.)
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To: finnman69
Does that mean that the other three children were his or something?
27 posted on 07/19/2006 1:52:25 PM PDT by clueless123 (Colt Revolvers - The Worlds Right Arm)
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To: TChris
It breaks my heart to know there are parents who treat their children this way

Same here. I have a child just a little bit older than this and I can't imagine the terror she would be in. Have to go give her another hug now.

28 posted on 07/19/2006 2:04:43 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: TChris

"As the parent of a three-year-old, they do me as well."

Last Sunday, a 3 1/2 year old girl was hit by a car and killed in a trailer park here. It was 8:30 at night and the child was unattended. The driver took off because he hadn't had a valid license in two years. Some poor kids never stand a chance. Heart-breaking.


29 posted on 07/19/2006 2:19:07 PM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: presidio9
The child's father, Jeremy Lacey 29, and his girlfriend, Mistee Lee Lemons, 27 . . .

Just another "alternate" family doing what such families do.

30 posted on 07/19/2006 2:21:02 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: L98Fiero

There is a big news story in NY right now about an 11 year-old who was shot in killed playing in a fire hydrant spray in Queens. Of course this is a terrible tragedy for the family, but none of the news stories that I have seen found it remarkable that an 11 year-old girl was playing in the street at 11:30 at night.


31 posted on 07/19/2006 2:25:07 PM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: Hildy

Sarcasm.
susie


32 posted on 07/19/2006 2:28:30 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: absolootezer0

Well, you're more generous than I, but yes, I know good parents.
susie


33 posted on 07/19/2006 2:29:14 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

That really is the 64K question.
BTW I agree, this story is disgusting and disheartening and alot of words I can't say for fear of being banned or sanctioned or something.
susie


34 posted on 07/19/2006 2:31:03 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Red Badger

Stand behind me, I'm in line first.


35 posted on 07/19/2006 2:35:16 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (u)
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To: presidio9

When parents do things like this, they give family a bad name.


36 posted on 07/19/2006 4:54:45 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

At the very least, they should have all parental rights terminated.

If the most they can get is a month in jail, the D.A. should offer them no jail time under the condition that they be sterilized.


37 posted on 07/19/2006 4:56:43 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: brytlea
Is there not some happy medium between sadistic abuse and letting kids run the household??

Yes and most parents find it. It is just that the exceptions are shocking that they stand out more.

38 posted on 07/19/2006 4:58:38 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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To: Red Badger

My neighbor's kids never leave their rooms. Their mother never leaves the house. She doesn't shop, cook, clean (husband, maids do that). Laundry is picked up and delivered. We understand they are gated upstairs. Probably so as not to annoy her when she watches Oprah and eats bon-bons all day.


39 posted on 07/19/2006 4:59:21 PM PDT by Swanks
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Probably true.
susie


40 posted on 07/19/2006 5:33:24 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: brytlea
Is there not some happy medium between sadistic abuse and letting kids run the household??

Of course there is. Discipline with love. There was no love in this home.

41 posted on 07/19/2006 5:35:37 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter
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To: Swanks

My neighbor's kids never leave their rooms.

I hope you reported it.


42 posted on 07/19/2006 5:43:57 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: Fighting Irish
God .... these stories kill me

Nauseating!! Poor poor babies!!!

43 posted on 07/19/2006 5:51:28 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: Hildy
8 children...EIGHT

Now wait just a minute. I have 7 SEVEN children , and I was one of 7 SEVEN children, and we had a marvelous family and I probably grew up in one of the finest homes in the country. The amount of children isn't the problem, it is the SICK MINDS AND DEPRAVITY of the human heart that causes junk like this.

44 posted on 07/19/2006 5:54:17 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
Thanks for posting this little slice of life in da hood!

Having known many old time cops from years ago, I would say that you have the mind of a realist, and your tag line is a dead giveaway too!

Re the story about the little boy, the reason I knew so many cops was that after a call like that, they'd come into the place I worked and just knock back as many drinks as it took to put their game faces back on...and go out and do it again the following day. IMHO, there is nothing more glorious than a good man who is a police officer. Best of luck to you!
45 posted on 07/19/2006 5:54:19 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: presidio9

These people need to be executed!


46 posted on 07/19/2006 5:55:47 PM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense, don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: pollywog

she had 8 children by the age of 29 and one was locked in a room for a month. Why you took my comment as a personal insult is astonishing to me. I was commenting that these monsters had 8 kids to ruin.


47 posted on 07/19/2006 5:55:53 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Red Badger
Hand me the baseball bat and give me 5 minutes in a locked room with these two idiots!.........

Why go in light?

I would, at the very minimum, require:

That would be just for the father. I have a whole other list for the mother.

48 posted on 07/19/2006 5:58:48 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The Good Lord watches out for little children, fools and ships named Enterprise.")
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

excellent reporting.


49 posted on 07/19/2006 6:06:38 PM PDT by patton (LGOPs = head toward the noise, kill anyone not dressed like you.)
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To: Swanks
Their mother never leaves the house.

Agoraphobic?

50 posted on 07/19/2006 6:10:17 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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