basement stairsThis is one of those stories that just manages to get worse, and worse, and worse. Then even more worse. Here we go -- everything that's awful gets a ding! When police were searching a couple's home in California to investigate a murder (ding!), they found that the home had an illegal and self-made strip club in the basement (ding!) complete with a stage, a pole, and a private "exotic zone" (ding, ding, ding!). Upon further investigation, cops found that seven adopted kids lived in the house (ding!) and were exposed to the strip club where, allegedly, ecstasy was being passed around like candy and left on the tables (ding!). After some even more digging, it was uncovered that one of the seven children had reportedly been sexually abused by the father-figure on the bathroom floor as the other kids looked on, and that the mother-figure routinely beat the children, who are all under 11 years old, with fists, belts, hangers, and other metal objects (DING DING DING DING DING DING DING!!).

It's almost too much to believe -- how could "parents" do such a thing? I'm almost speechless.

The couple, Gregory Bernard Lacy, 60, and LaQuron D. McLean Lacy, 43, have been arrested under suspicion of child abuse -- Mr. Lacy is being held on $1 million bail and Mrs. Lacy $50,000. Their arraignment is next month and I hope to god that if these people are guilty, that they are punished to the fullest, and I mean fullest, extent of the law.

To think these children probably thought they were getting out of some hell when they were adopted, only to find themselves in the most disturbing and disgusting abyss on Earth. It's beyond saddening. I hope they get the help and love they so desperately need. And fast.

Can you believe this?

 

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