Children Chained to Beds in Sex Offender's Home ... Why Was Nothing Done?


bedThe 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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happy... happynugget6

This makes me so mad. Why aren't people making sure kids are safe? I have my freaking family on the news for starving thirty kid almost to death but cps is more concerned with keeping the family together then her safety. Sorry I'm just pissed

nonmember avatar Lexi Jordan

Wow this story is heartbreaking! Sexual offenders definitely need to be monitored and checked up on! This is just another sad example of how the system continually fails children. Case and point, Jacyee Duggard (SP?, how many times did officers visit his (Phil G.) home to check on him and missed that he had 2 young children living there??

Awful, just awful how these sickos can get away with hurting children.

nonmember avatar Rebecca Hart

That is just horrible! Priorities are definitely not in order in this situation.

Bendana Bendana

This happened Jenny, in part because your "fave" Rick Perry slashed the budget for social services .  He could have used the states rainy day fund, but I guess the safety of the children in Texas weren't as important as the tax credits he gave to corporations.

You get to swallow the bad with good, these cuts also closed 11 clinics, even though they did not provide abortions, they were shut down, leaving over 125,000 women with no health services.  So while you and Perry are crowing about what a great job he's doing in the war against abortion, children are being tied up in the homes of child molesters. 

I'm sure Perry could fix the spending woes in your state as well Jenny, do you wanna risk it?

Doomy234 Doomy234

I agree with you 100%. A person who gets caught with marijuana gets five years in prison, but a person who molests children gets detained and put on a list with little to no enforcement. Wtf?!

Marcella Shambles

This sucks - if you look at the article there's a pict of a pregnant woman leaving the house - oh joy.  I don't understand how they can not figure out who/what/where these kids come from. 

And the media is hyping the "sex offender" thing.  The guy was 19 at the time he "abused" the 15 year old.  Don't know the details, but when I was 15 a 19 year old guy was VERY cool to date.  The term "sex offender" is applied WAY too much.  A woman being caught peeing in the bushes at a park can be charged and labeled with it in some states.

the4m... the4mutts

Agree completely!! These sick wackos gave up their right to privacy, and should either be stuck on an island, killed, or monitored so closely that the book 1984 could take a lesson.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I don't want them checked up on, I want them put down like the sick, dangerous animals they are....but that's just me....

This story is so disturbing in so many ways, that I can't even comment beyond that, except to say I hope Mark E Marsh III is ripped apart by a pack of mountain lions.

Susie19 Susie19

So Sad.  :'(

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