I usually don't believe in lynchings, but after reading this story and looking at this video, I do. Reading the story made me immediately cry. The story starts at the 1:20 point of this video.
Police say they have rescued a severely malnourished 9-year-old Louisiana boy who was being held as a prisoner in his own home.
"He was weighing 38 pounds," Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Myers said. She the child was being held in the room with a dog leash.
He was also covered in bruises and burns on his face and body.
"He had a second degree burn on his back that was caused by a sock that had rice in that was heated up and was placed on his back," Myers explained his stepmother allegedly was responsible for the abuse.
Further allegations are even more graphic and outlined in the news release from the Sheriff's office below. Be warned the claims are disturbing.
Police say the stepmother, 27-year-old Jaime B. Day, is facing dozens of charges and locked up with a bond at more than $5 million. Her two children living in the house were reportedly not abused.
The new release says Day was "depriving the child of food, not allowing him to eat with the family but forcing him to watch the family eat. It was also determined the boy would be so hungry at times he would eat his own feces and drink his own urine to survive."
The child's biological father, 30-year-old Murray Day, turned himself in late Tuesday. His bail is set at $2 million.
Read the entire news release:
On February 19 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint from a woman living in Moss Bluff concerning the welfare of a nine year old child. When questioned by CPSO Deputy Jason Schnake, the complainant advised him the child was very thin and possibly being forced to stay in his bedroom. He also learned the child resided with his father and stepmother in south Lake Charles.
Schnake traveled to the house in south Lake Charles to check on the welfare of the child. Once inside the house he observed a dog leash that was tied from one door knob to another to keep a nine year old boy weighing 38 pounds inside the room where he was laying on the only thing in the room, a filthy foam pallet on top of box springs covered with blood. On the pallet was a bloody and urine saturated sheet. The smell of urine was very strong in the room. The boy was dressed in a t-shirt, shorts and wearing a diaper with multiple bruises to his body and face.
The boy was taken to the hospital where he stayed for 13 days. It was determined at the hospital his body temperature was 92 � which indicated he was in hypothermia due to malnutrition.
Further investigation revealed his stepmother, Jaime B. Day, 27, 2841 Southern Ridge Dr., Lake Charles, was depriving the child of food, not allowing him to eat with the family but forcing him to watch the family eat. It was also determined the boy would be so hungry at times he would eat his own feces and drink his own urine to survive.
There was a 2nd degree burn on the boy's back caused by Day placing a sock containing rice that was heated up on his back.
Day has been charged with 25 counts of cruelty to a juvenile and 2 counts of 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile. Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $5.5 million. She has been booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.
The father, Murry Dalton Day, 30, same address, is being charged with 5 counts of cruelty to a juvenile; and 1 counts of 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile. Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $2 million. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. He is expected to turn himself into the Calcasieu Correctional Center today.
After examining the child, doctors have verified the injuries and the malnutrition are consistent with child abuse. Detectives have determined this abuse occurred from late last year until present.
There are two other children in the home � a 4 year old boy who is the biological child of the Day's, and a 6 year old boy who is Jaime Day's child and adopted by Murry Day. Those two children do not appear to have been abused. All three children have been removed from the home.
Six years ago, the biological mother of the 9 year old boy's parental rights were terminated when the Office of Community Service determined physical abuse had occurred. Murry Day was given custody of the boy at that time.
CPSO Detective Michael Primeaux is the lead investigator on this case. The investigation is continuing with more arrests possible.
The child was suffering from burns... there was blood and urine all over the room at the south Lake Charles home.
And of course, in cases like this, families of these abusive animals are coming to their rescue. From this website:
Several people, who know the family, have posted comments of support for Jaime, on our Facebook page. Some said the boy already had sever mental issues. Several attempts have been made by 7 News to speak with these people, but no one has come forward. 7 News also attempted to speak with Jaime Day's attorney, Walter Sanchez. He also declined to comment.