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The other day in Texas, authorities removed 11 children from an over-crowded house where a registered sex-offender was taking up residence. Not only that, but some of the children, aged 5 months to 11 years, were chained to their filthy beds.
In Dayton, Texas, eight children were found in one room of a one-story, 1,700-square-foot house, with restraints keeping them confined to their soiled beds. In addition to all the children, 10 adults were also living in the residence.
No one knows how the children got there, or how they’re related to anyone, including known sex-offender Mark E. Marsh III, who was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl in Michigan 15 years ago. None of the adults living in the home had a problem with the situation, and said that the children had to be tied down for everyone’s safety.
Some of the children suffered injuries along the lines of black eyes and knocked out teeth, and two of them had to be taken to a children’s hospital for pneumonia treatment.
The craziest thing about this story? The neighbors apparently had no clue what was going on in the house. Wayne Hardin, a neighbor, said he had no idea so many people were living in the same house, and certainly had no idea such young children were there. He said he was “shocked” to find out the truth about his neighbors. “We didn’t have a clue,” he said.
The thing that bothers me the most about this story (aside from everything horrible about it) is that there were no checks in place. Why was there a known sex-offender not being checked upon? Seriously, people, if we can employ people from the government to check little girls’ lunches, can we maybe send people out to check out the dwellings of pedophiles?
Really. I can’t understand why crap like this goes on when our federal deficit is so high. Our country spends so much money on unimportant things like research on crack monkeys, while children are chained to their beds, sick, sore, and abused. Does the system seem screwed up to anyone else?
I am all for limited government, but registered sex-offenders have given up their right to freedom from government intrusion by their vile acts. I want people checking them out, doing random checks of their homes, and generally keeping an eye on them. And if any government official is found to be aiding them ... they need to be fired and reprimanded as accessories.
Children are precious, and anyone that abuses them is not ok in my book.
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