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De Soto mother gets 8 1/2 years for keeping starving boy in attic (6-year-old weighed 20 pounds)
The Olathe News ^ | 5/27/11 | JOE LAMBE

Posted on 05/28/2011 5:55:53 AM PDT by Libloather

De Soto mother gets 8 1/2 years for keeping starving boy in attic
By JOE LAMBE
Friday, May. 27, 2011

A Johnson County judge sentenced a De Soto woman to more than eight years in prison Thursday for starving her 6-year-old son and confining him in her attic.

Rachel Perez, 27, pleaded guilty previously to child abuse and child endangerment and no contest to attempted second-degree murder.

Judge Peter Ruddick quickly sentenced her to the maximum possible — 8 1/2 years — after hearing arguments from the lawyers on Thursday.

It “is not a terribly long sentence for what happened to (her son),” he said, “and that is frankly all there is to it.”

On Aug. 17, deputies found Perez’s son, who has Down syndrome, starved almost to death and covered with feces. They had gone to the home earlier that day, but Perez told them he was not there, and they arrested her on an outstanding traffic warrant.

Deputies went back late that evening after the boy’s great-grandmother asked them to check again.

They found him in the attic, so malnourished that his ribs showed, among broken wood, sheet rock, exposed nails and insulation.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: attic; kansas; mother; starving
“Please don’t send me away for a long time. I didn’t mean to do it,” she said.

I don't know what to say.

1 posted on 05/28/2011 5:55:58 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Life wouldn’t be long enough for this scum bag.


2 posted on 05/28/2011 5:56:59 AM PDT by ohiogrammy (12)
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To: Libloather

Some people call it a sling blade. I call it a Kaiser blade.


3 posted on 05/28/2011 5:58:45 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Libloather

She only got 8 1/2 years? Wow. So, does that mean she will be out in what? A year or two? I wonder if the sentence was so light simply because the child had Down’s Syndrome or if the judge was just very lenient.


4 posted on 05/28/2011 5:58:51 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree

looks like 8.5 was the max they could give this POS


5 posted on 05/28/2011 6:00:31 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Libloather

” sentenced her to the maximum possible — 8 1/2 years “

Obviously the maximum possible needs to change.


6 posted on 05/28/2011 6:01:17 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Libloather

If I live to be 150 yrs. old, I’ll never understand these kinds of people.

My son was a preemie and I agonized over every 4 oz. of his weight. I used to put that poor kid through hell, trying to add ounces on his body.

I’m happy to report he is in his 20’s and eats like a horse.


7 posted on 05/28/2011 6:01:45 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Libloather

I know Pete Ruddick and I know it would have rankled him to sentence her to only 8 1/2 years. I hope they can keep the older children together and adopt out the infant. I’m going to go check the ROA on this one.


8 posted on 05/28/2011 6:03:22 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: t1b8zs

Wow, the maximum. To starve, imprison a child almost to the point of death and that is the maximum. Words fail me on this one. What else fails me is that she will probably get custody of the kids again with a “parenting” class or something like that.


9 posted on 05/28/2011 6:07:25 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: nuconvert

They probably should have charged her with a more serious crime. Then the maximum would have been higher.


10 posted on 05/28/2011 6:07:59 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Libloather

What a despicable human being, if you can call her human. 8.5 years doesn’t seem long enough. She should be fixed so she can’t torture any more children and she should get 20 years at least. Oh and for several of those 20 years. I’d give her bread and water only, let her see how she likes it.


11 posted on 05/28/2011 6:10:37 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Libloather

I think the judge is just as bad as she is. And should get a few years for his lack of compassion for the child. This is a horrific miscarriage of justice.


12 posted on 05/28/2011 6:12:52 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: MsLady
I’d give her bread and water only, let her see how she likes it

and no toilet paper

13 posted on 05/28/2011 6:14:11 AM PDT by fone (never give up, never give in)
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To: MsLady

Sentencing can be limited by statute.


14 posted on 05/28/2011 6:14:59 AM PDT by misterrob (You cannot call yourself a conservative if you support socialistic government programs!)
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To: Libloather
Two additional articles. The women, won't call her a mother, needs to go away for a long, long time

http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-rachel-perez-sentenced-rachel-perez-sentenced-to-102-months-in-prison-in-attic-abuse-case-20110526,0,6243907.story

http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-mother-of-boy-left-in-attic-found-guilty-of-attempted-murder-20110318,0,7614287.story

15 posted on 05/28/2011 6:15:42 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: nuconvert
Obviously the maximum possible needs to change.

That depends on whether they put her on the same feeding schedule's that was good enough for her son.

16 posted on 05/28/2011 6:26:24 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 856 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: misterrob

Yes I suppose. It seems such a short time for what she did. And the children that were taken away. It’s very possible at some point down the road the state will give them back to her. Either that our the poor kids will stay in limbo the rest of their lives. Being shuffled around by the state from home to home.


17 posted on 05/28/2011 6:50:15 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: Libloather

In men’s prisons, child abusers tend to be targeted by other prisoners. One would think that in women’s prisons, a child abuser would be in even more danger.


18 posted on 05/28/2011 8:31:14 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Libloather

These horrible stories are indirectly used by the left to rail against home schooling or any other scenario where a child is not monitored (”protected”) by the state. Here in NJ that is always the second line in these news stories - “The children weren’t registered in the school district” (and it never because they are really home-schooled by independent-minded folks; it is because the “parent” on welfare simply spends the child’s portion of the welfare check on itself instead of buying clothes, soap, or toothpaste).


19 posted on 05/28/2011 8:57:33 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Libloather

WTF is wrong with people?!!! If you don’t like or want your kid, just admit it already and give him/her up for adoption!!!! SOMEONE will take them off your hands.

This woman’s actions are beyond my comprehension.


20 posted on 05/29/2011 1:55:29 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ("And I'm actually happy to be, for us to be the moat with alligators party." -- Mark Steyn)
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To: Libloather

No mention of a husband or baby-daddy(s).

Those poor kids. After that pitiful sentence, the gov’t will prolly make a huge effort to reunite the ‘family’. The mind boggles.


21 posted on 05/29/2011 7:47:08 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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