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    The boy who died

    I couldn't think of a short enough or witty enough title. It should really read:

    "Boy Who Died Locked in Cage Wrote About Wanting His Family to Like Him"
    I know we've all read about horrific stories about children who are abused or get locked away in their parent's basement. But this story just hit such a sour note with me I had to post it.

    GARY, Indiana -- By the time 13-year-old Christian Choate was allegedly beaten to death and buried in a shallow grave in a Gary, Ind., trailer park in 2009, his family had been getting semiregular visits from child welfare authorities for more than 10 years.

    The Indiana Department of Child Services' inch-thick case file on the Choate family details more than a dozen investigations of allegations of abuse or neglect dating to 1999. In 2009, Indiana prosecutors say, Christian died after years of abuse, finally succumbing to head injuries caused by blows from his father and older sister.

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    Christian's father, Riley Choate, and stepmother, Kimberly Kubina, were charged with murder in May after the older sister, now 17, told authorities about the boy's death.
    Reports released by juvenile court officials Friday provide a portrait of the boy's short, terrifying life — and of missed opportunities to stop the alleged abuse.

    Less than a year before he died, DCS records state an investigator interviewed the boy, his parents and siblings in response to a neighbor reporting Christian was kept under "house arrest."

    Prosecutors allege Christian endured beatings daily and was kept locked in a 3-foot-high dog cage, where he had little to eat and often soiled himself. The DCS report, dated June 2008, says there was no evidence of neglect.

    "We followed all state laws all policies and procedures, and we'll continue assessing this fatality," DCS spokeswoman Anne Houseworth said Friday.

    The abuse in Christian's case was exceptional, Houseworth said Friday, but DCS staff did follow agency protocols and performed a thorough investigation of the allegations.

    "If we don't see evidence of abuse, and no one admits anything is going on, there is nothing for us to do," Houseworth said.

    Also included in the reports are medical records that show Christian made numerous visits to a pediatrician from 2007 to 2008. Notes on the report show his weight dropping consistently, and he told his doctor he was "hit with the door in his bedroom" two days before a February 2007 visit.

    A month later, handwritten notes from the doctor state Christian complained of being "very angry all the time."

    A March 2008 note reads, "He's locked up at night."

    The doctor did not report any abuse to authorities, Houseworth said.

    School officials lost track of the boy in 2007, after Kubina informed district officials the boy would be home-schooled. DCS investigators reviewed some of Christian's "assignments" from Kubina, and it appears the boy took the opportunity to express his thoughts and feelings at the time.

    "Christian's writings detail a very sad, depressed child who often wondered when someone, anyone, was going to come check on him," the report states. "(He) wrote of why nobody liked him and how he just wanted to be liked by his family ... how isolated and sad Christian was on a daily basis."
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    I have a few choice thoughts about these people and the whole situation. Those who think being a parent is a right might want to just drift their asses right on out of this thread. It's a privilege you should earn.
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    Re: The boy who died

    this is sick... ugh... i dont have strong enough words to describe how i feel... ugh... this is so incredibly wrong!! and noone could do shit for this poor little boy!! UGH
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    Re: The boy who died

    I don't know how people do things like this. It just goes so beyond cruelty that it makes me sick.

    It reminds me of a book (a memoir, so true story) called "A Child Called It." Luckily that boy got out into foster care and lived to be able to write his memoir, but not all children do.

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    Re: The boy who died

    Humans are one of my least favorite species and stories like this are why.

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    Duw, Medusa, those are terrible stories. And there must be hundreds, thousands more whose stories are never even told. And in some ways that#s the most terrifying realisation of all.

    Thanks for reminding us.
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    People like this are the reason why I don't think the death penalty should be eradicated. Or how about the parents of Briana Lopez?
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    Re: The boy who died

    Exactly Thal...I think that most people who try to get rid of the death penalty forget just what monsters human beings can become. Some people do things horrific enough to suspend their natural rights. The death penalty seems almost charitable at that point.

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    Re: The boy who died

    As someone who doesn't believe in the death penalty (especially having grown up and live in two countries that don't have it) I think we could make exceptions for cases like this.

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    Re: The boy who died

    Quote Originally Posted by DanieMarie View Post
    As someone who doesn't believe in the death penalty (especially having grown up and live in two countries that don't have it) I think we could make exceptions for cases like this.

    You know, Danie, I'm thinking there's something in what you just said worth pointing out: most people who do support the death penalty don't support it for every poor soul dumb enough, or angry enough, or poor enough to land in prison. It's not "you stole a loaf of bread...off with your head!". It's because there are a select few who's actions are beyond terrible. It is obvious that they did the deed in question, they have no remorse, and are unfit to ever be among other human beings again. That is what support of the death penalty is supposed to be about. Those creatures. The ones that in any other day and age probably would have been strung up before law enforcement even got there.

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    Re: The boy who died

    Quote Originally Posted by DeseretRose View Post
    You know, Danie, I'm thinking there's something in what you just said worth pointing out: most people who do support the death penalty don't support it for every poor soul dumb enough, or angry enough, or poor enough to land in prison. It's not "you stole a loaf of bread...off with your head!". It's because there are a select few who's actions are beyond terrible. It is obvious that they did the deed in question, they have no remorse, and are unfit to ever be among other human beings again. That is what support of the death penalty is supposed to be about. Those creatures. The ones that in any other day and age probably would have been strung up before law enforcement even got there.
    Yeah I'm aware of that

    I just meant that I don't support it in general, but I think it could have a place in very extreme circumstances. Like in the case of political leaders who have committed genocide, and not just murderers but the case of murderers who have tortured their victims (like in this case).

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