Upon traveling to the residence and investigating further, the law enforcement officials found a naked and chained up 13-year-old who they later learned was allegedly being forced, quite horribly, to sleep in a dog crate at night. As a result, they promptly took the boy’s mother, step-father, and grandmother into custody.
Specifically, deputies with the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested the boy’s 32-year-old mother, Danielle Nicole Martin, his 26-year-old step-father, Joshua Daniel Martin, and his 58-year-old grandmother, Vickie Seale Higginbotham, on charges of “aggravated child abuse” after responding to an anonymous 911 call from a concerned individual and finding a teenage boy with chains reportedly “padlocked” to his ankles.
“Deputies and Investigators responded to the residence where they found a 13-year-old male juvenile naked with chains padlocked around his ankles. The chains were attached to a door preventing the juvenile from normal movement,” asserted the sheriff’s office in a statement about the incident.
After learning more about the situation, investigators apparently learned that the parents had also allegedly forced the boy to sleep inside of a dog crate at night, which many agree is utterly reprehensible.
“Subsequent investigation revealed that the juvenile had been restrained by this method over a long period of time,” explained the deputies in their statement to the public.
“Two other juveniles, 12 and 5 years of age, were also removed from the residence along with the 13-year-old,” they continued, adding, “all three children were turned over to the custody of the Department of Human Resources.”
Following their arrests, the three adults were then subsequently taken to a local jail, where they are each currently being held on a $30,000 cash bond.
In court, Autauga County District Judge Joy Booth asked the teen’s mother if the reason for the abuse was that she had been under the influence of drugs. Unsurprisingly, when she replied that she had been sober, the judge was left completely baffled.
“That fact that you’re not on drugs makes it worse,” argued Judge Booth.
“How can you do these things, allow these things to take place, when you are in a lucid, conscious state?” she pressed.
In response, the boy’s mother blamed the grandmother and insisted that she had actually “tried to stop her when she put him in the dog crate.” Similarly, the boy’s step-father also attempted to blame the grandmother by telling the judge that he wasn’t aware of what was going on because of his long work hours.
When questioned about the allegations, the grandmother appeared to take the blame and explained to the judge that she “didn’t know what to do with the child” and that she was simply doing what was done to her as a girl.
Sadly, the physical abuse of children is not uncommon. Earlier this year, for example, Arizona law enforcement officials arrested 40-year-old Sharron Dobbins on charges of “felony child abuse” for allegedly shocking her 16-year-old son with a Taser to try and get him out of bed.
A few days prior to that, law enforcement officials in Georgia placed 25-year-old Bahari Shaquille Warren under arrest on charges of “two counts of child cruelty” for allegedly crashing her car into a pole on purpose to try and prove to her two children, who were both in the car when she crashed, that “God is real” and would keep them safe.
And before that, Illinois law enforcement officials arrested Rolando Ortiz, who’s a 37-year-old Mexican immigrant, on charges of “first-degree murder” for allegedly killing his two-year-old son with a kitchen knife because the boy had purportedly been “too noisy,” while he was trying to rest.
After murdering his son, Ortiz then reportedly placed the boy’s dead body into a garbage bag and tried to leave the country. Thankfully, though, his wife ended up learning what he had done and promptly contacted the authorities, who then tracked him down placed him under arrest.
Alarmingly, the sexual abuse of children is also relatively common. Last month, for instance, law enforcement officials in Florida reportedly arrested 32-year-old Avo Roker and 40-year-old Ricardo Strachan, who’s purportedly a pastor, on accusations that they sexually assaulted Roker’s 13-year-old step-daughter more than one hundred times over the span of an entire year.
Alarmingly, the duo also allegedly told the girl that if she ever told anyone about the abuse, then they would kill her and place voodoo curses on other family members.
As a consequence, Roker was charged with three counts of “sexual assault by a person with custodial authority on a victim between the ages of 12 and 18” and Strachan was charged with one count of “lewd and lascivious battery on a minor between the ages of 12 and 16 years old.”
A couple of weeks before that, Georgia law enforcement officials reportedly arrested roughly 150 criminals and saved approximately 160 children as part of a large sting operation on the local sex-trafficking industry.
Several days before that, a 19-year-old migrant who entered the United Kingdom by pretending to be an asylum seeker was convicted of raping a young schoolgirl and consequently sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars.
And a few weeks before that, California law enforcement officials reportedly placed seven men under arrest on charges of “committing lewd and lascivious acts with children under the age of 14 and conspiracy to commit a crime” for allegedly touching several underage girls in an inappropriate manner while at a water park.