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DA says girl found in closet victimized again
AP via The Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/25/06 | Staff

Posted on 09/25/2006 8:24:56 PM PDT by txroadkill

CANTON, Texas – A girl who was rescued five years ago after being locked in a filthy closet, abused and nearly starved was victimized again last year, authorities said.

The girl, now 13, told a counselor she was sexually assaulted in August 2005, said Van Zandt County District Attorney Leslie Dixon.

She accused Jesse Lee Bass, a man married to the niece of her adoptive mother, Dixon told KRLD-AM on Monday.

Bass entered a guilty plea to sexual assault of a child on Thursday, in exchange for a 13-year sentence.

After her rescue in 2001, the girl was adopted by the Van Zandt County couple who tried to adopt her at birth but were forced to return her to her mother because of a technicality. Authorities said the girl was malnourished and had been locked in a trash- and feces-strewn closet or other confined space for years. At the time, a doctor also testified that the girl had been sexually abused so badly she needed surgery.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abuse; canton; texas
Both the suspect and his wife are also being charged with possession of child pornography. Bass plead guilty already and received an additional 10 years. I don't know if that will be served at the same time or if he got a total of 23 years. His wife has not entered a plea yet. He probably would have got life if he had faced a jury in East Texas.

This poor girl really needs our prayers, she has had one screwed up life so far.

1 posted on 09/25/2006 8:24:56 PM PDT by txroadkill
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To: txroadkill; Uncle Vlad
THIS crime calls for Vlad's type of cruel and unusual punishment!
Vlad "Tepes" (the impailer) Dracula (1431 - 1476)

2 posted on 09/25/2006 8:28:17 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for her!
3 posted on 09/25/2006 8:29:25 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Blessed Pius IX)
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To: txroadkill

God Almighty. I remember the story when it first happened.

That POS must have thought no one cared about her so he could get away with it. He should rot.


4 posted on 09/25/2006 8:36:47 PM PDT by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: All

Here is the original story from 5 years ago. Since it's AP it's snipped but you can read the whole thing here:

http://tspweb02.tsp.utexas.edu/webarchive/06-18-01/2001061801_s12_Child.html

 

Child abuse claims send mother to jail

Associated Press

By The Associated Press

DALLAS When Barbara Atkinson gave birth to her daughter eight years ago, she had no job and no home.

So, she gave the baby, named Lauren Ashley, up for adoption.

Lauren went home from the hospital with Bill and Sabrina Kavanaugh. Two days later, the Kavanaughs filed to adopt the child.

It was not until afterward that Barbara Atkinson's own adoptive parents, David and Doris Calhoun, learned what she had done, reportedly forcing their 21-year-old daughter to reclaim Lauren.

The adoption fell through due to an attorney's neglect and eight months after her birth, Lauren was returned to her birth mother.

Last week, 8-year-old Lauren Ashley Calhoun was rescued from her home. When police arrived she was eating spaghetti at the kitchen table, but authorities say she had spent the past four months locked in a cramped closet in her mother's trailer in Hutchins. She was malnourished and covered in her own waste, authorities say. She weighed just 25 pounds and told police she was 2 years old.

Barbara Atkinson, 30, remained jailed Sunday in the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond on charges of injury to a child. Her 33-year-old ex-husband, Kenneth Ray Atkinson, will not be released on bond because he also faces charges of probation violation out of Ellis County, police said.

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5 posted on 09/25/2006 8:41:01 PM PDT by txroadkill
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To: txroadkill
After her rescue in 2001, the girl was adopted by the Van Zandt County couple who tried to adopt her at birth but were forced to return her to her mother because of a technicality.

Poor girl. Living hell.
6 posted on 09/25/2006 8:41:04 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

But, the alleged assailant is associated with the Van Zandts not the birth mother's family


7 posted on 09/25/2006 9:19:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Exactly. Her only option from birth.


8 posted on 09/25/2006 9:21:36 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Pyro7480

ER, Pyro,
On my PC, that looks like the black screen of death, not OLOG!


9 posted on 09/25/2006 10:29:53 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

Yeah, I don't know why that happened.


10 posted on 09/25/2006 10:32:26 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Blessed Pius IX)
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To: txroadkill

Oh, gosh, bless this girl's heart. My prayers for her. May she some day find out what "normal" is.


11 posted on 09/26/2006 2:05:53 AM PDT by Rte66
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