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Yep! I’m Disgusted!

I can’t even begin to say how disgusted I am!  Completely disgusted!  Well, let’s get to it!

Nineteen kids, ranging in age from 8 months to 14 years, were found alone in a filthy and stifling 3-bedroom house near Bowling Green, Kentucky last night.  If that wasn’t bad enough, nine dogs and a cat were also found in the home.  This house was covered in animal feces along with a host of other complete nastiness.  How did this happen?  UGH!

Irving Smith and Jackie Farah, the “responsible adults”, left town on June 27th because of a “family emergency”.  (I soooo hope you are visualizing my air quotes and sarcastic expression as I type this.)  They allegedly told the neighbor to “check on the kids” for them as they would only be gone overnight.  As a side note, the “family emergency” was in Michigan. MICHIGAN!  Overnight?  From Kentucky?  Ummm… let’s see… THEY STILL AREN’T BACK!  A WEEK!  THEY’VE BEEN GONE A WEEK!  All I can say is they’d better be dead or dying!  Now, I’m not trying to be mean.  I’m just saying that being dead or close to death is the ONLY excuse there could possibly be for leaving NINETEEN children (or even 1 child) alone in a house with no supervision, no food, and no air conditioning!  Oh, didn’t I mention that?  That the south has been covered up with 100+ (up to 110F) degree temperatures for over a week?  Yes, we have, and it was 90F degrees in the house when the children were found last night.  And since we’ve had a recent cold snap of 90 to 99 degrees, that is the only reason the house wasn’t boiling at over 100+ degrees when the children were discovered after dark.

The children appear to be related as siblings and cousins, while some are related to Smith, and some are related to Farah.  These kids apparently went to the neighbors often to beg for food.  Judging by their reactions, the police believe the children are used to being left alone.  The police plan to arrest the two awesome parents as soon as they are found.  Yay!  But, just a thought:  Exactly what charges are the neighbors going to face?  I mean, they did NOTHING!  Not even a phone call to the parents, the police, or child protective services.  And for the record, I don’t care if they knew how many kids were there, or not.  They should have taken action.  Period.

UPDATE:  One neighbor is claiming to have called the police about two weeks ago (timeline?), but says they didn’t do anything.

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I’m saddened to say that another child has been found in a trash can. Memphis, TN police found the body of a
3-year-old boy in a large trash.  Unfortunately, they are unsure if this is the child they have been looking for since last Sunday night.  As of Tuesday, the child hadn’t been positively identified.

According to public documents, blood was found in Maurice Brown Jr.’s father’s home.  Brown Sr. reported the boy missing on Sunday night saying he had fallen asleep, and awoke over an hour later to find a door open, and the child gone.  However, an official affidavit states that a witness saw Brown Sr. “leaving his apartment with the child draped over his shoulder.”

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Not that I’m trying to pick on Kentucky, but the Paducah, KY police began receiving a few odd phone calls last Sunday.  They were told that a man was pushing a shopping cart down the street, and it appeared the cart contained a dead body.  Ummm… it did.  Police arrested 36-year-old Michael C. Russian, and charged him with the murder of 25-year-old Adam L. Bullock– to which he pled not guilty.  The police actually believe Bullock was killed early Friday morning, and left in a storage unit for two days. Russian was on his way towards a floodwall, and had made it 8 blocks before he was stopped by police.  The exact cause of death has not yet been determined.

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Aaaaaannnnd… We’re back to Kentucky.  A woman in central Kentucky had a little problem… bed bugs.  So, she decided to resolve this issue by dousing her couch with alcohol.  Sigh.  Okay. Maybe that would have worked out if she hadn’t dropped a lit cigarette on the couch.  Long story short, about 30 people in a Carlisle apartment complex lost their homes in Friday night’s inferno.  There was no loss of life, but a few people were treated for smoke inhalation.

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Last, but not least, 110 dogs were found in Wilson County, TN in unimaginable condition.  One dog was actually found chained to another dog that had been dead for several days.  This is apparently the worst case of hoarding the officials had ever seen.  You can imagine the conditions, as well as the health of the doggies, so I don’t need to go into that.  Just know that these furry babies are being given every opportunity to have full lives.  They have clearly never been socialized, so volunteers are working hard to get medical treatment for them, as well as a whole bunch of love.

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One more thing… On a completely unrelated note, I am sorry to say that Andy Griffith died at approximately 7:00 AM this morning at his home in Mount Airy, North Carolina at the age of 86.  I still enjoy watching episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, and I was shocked and saddened to hear of his death.  He was a wonderful talent, starring in many television shows and movies, and he will be greatly missed.  Although he had serious heart trouble in 2000, no specific cause of death has been given. Per his family’s request, he was laid to rest within 5 hours of his death.  Rest in peace, Andy!

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Okay, that’s a lot, and I truly appreciate you taking the time to read it.  Now, do you want to know why I’m really disgusted?  Out of all of those stories, the one about the dogs was at the top of every local news station’s site and broadcast. I had to search (and I mean search hard) to find the stories about the children– stories that I had seen on out-of-state sites.  Pitiful.  Apparently, children murdered and left in trash cans, and children left to die in houses, don’t matter near as much as dogs… to the TV stations or the viewers.  Well, they got top billing here!

Thanks for reading!

19 Children found in Kentucky home

3-year-old child found in trash bin 

Man found wheeling dead body along roadside in a shopping cart

Bed bugs versus alcohol

Over 100 dogs — Victims of hoarding

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8 responses

  1. Oh my gosh. I have never understood why adults have children and then mess up in taking care of them. And after one child, they have another…I just don’t get it.

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    August 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

    • Anita

      I agree completely! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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      August 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  2. Amy

    These are the things that ALL our public servants would agree is of vital importance. THIS is the very minimum our government should be proficient at addressing. Political discourse (petty bickering and finger pointing) is what they spend their time on… while Rome burns. I agree that it’s shameful the neighbors didn’t go to the police station personally and insisted someone followed them home.

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    July 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    • Anita

      Agreed! Agreed! Agreed! Thanks for your thoughts, Amy!

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      July 8, 2012 at 1:34 am

  3. I’m with you on these disgusting stories. But, I do know that there are areas where sadly, Child Services doesn’t care or looks the other way because of too many kids and too many cases. In my opinion, there should never be too many of anything to stand in the way of helping children. My husband is still watching Andy every day. He’ll be sadden to hear of his death.

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    July 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    • Anita

      Agreed! IMHO, there is just no excuse for kids slipping through the cracks! From what I’ve personally seen, many of the CPS workers just don’t care. It didn’t start out that way, but happened over time. Like you said… Too many kids, too many cases. And just that fact is so sad. We need more truly dedicated workers, but we also need better parents, which could improve with better education and better parental examples. Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂

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      July 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

  4. Wow I cant believe that! I am from England, so i am not sure of the differences in Law, but the parents would definately face court action for something like this. We cant even shout at our children without Childline and social workers threatening to get involved! If I was a neighbour I would hope I would have phoned someone about the children. Such a shame that they would have to be ‘used’ to a life like that. Poor things, hope life gets better for them now that the authorities are aware of it.

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    July 4, 2012 at 5:54 am

    • Anita

      Thanks for stopping by, Victoria! Luckily, our laws do punish for this kind of behavior, but IMHO, not harshly enough. Once they are found, they will be charged, and I’m sure they’ll receive jail time. I’m just not sure how much. Unless, of course, they were dead or dying, and couldn’t contact anyone– which I doubt. Unfortunately, the children are used to being left alone, so at least they knew enough to beg for food. It’s so sad, but I hope life will be better for them now. I will try to stay on this, and will post an update if I find out any additional information.

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      July 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

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