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    Riley Lowell Choate (left), 39, and Kimberly Leona Kubina (center), are accused of keeping Christian Choate (right) in a dog cage with seven locks for more than a year before he died in April of 2009. His body was unearthered from a shallow grave in Gary last week. (Lake County Sheriff photos)


    Murder charges have been filed against the father and stepmother of a 13-year-old boy who died two years ago but whose body was unearthered from a shallow grave in Gary just last week.

    Riley Lowell Choate, 39, and Kimberly Leona Kubina, 45, are accused of keeping Christian Choate in a dog cage with seven locks for more than a year before he died in April of 2009. They are both charged with murder, battery, neglect and criminal confinement.

    An affidavit filed with the charges details how the boy was regularly abused and how the couple forced his older sister, 15 at the time, to feed him, take him to the bathroom and see that he did exercises.

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    Cage allegedly used to confine boy bought for $15


    DeMotte | L.W (changed to initials) had no idea the dog cage she sold to her neighbor more than three years ago could have been used to confine a boy.

    When she read a story Monday night about the cage Christian Choate had been locked in for more than a year, her heart sank. She knew it was the cage she once owned that contained her Alaskan malamute puppy.

    She sold to cage to Choate's stepmother, Kimberly Choate, for $15.

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    I am so sorry this happened to you Christian.... What horrible people! I just want to smack that smile off K.K. face!

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    Wonder how THEY will like the cages they're going to spend the rest of their lives in?

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    Oh my goodness!
    How SICK!!!!!

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    I don't know if anyone read the full Chicago Trib article I posted above. (Chicago Trib usually goes pay to view usually within a week or two-so not sure how long the link will be valid)

    His sister trying to revive him with a mattress pump the following day - that did it for me.
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    The poor sister, trying the matress pump to revive him unsuccessfully- how horrible. She's only 17 now, her life will no doubt be a troubled one. I hope she can get some help to address what these people made her do. I just don't get why these people keep the kids. Lately, these kids kept in cages, parents who want nothing to do with them, why not just give them up for adoption? I guess I will never get it, that's probably a good thing.

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    It would seem Christian was the scapegoat. Unless there is abuse towards the then 15 year old daughter that we are unaware of (aside from the obvious psychological abuse of being forced to be her brothers keeper and participate in his abuse).

    I hope this young lady is getting some serious counseling. I cannot imagine what living through this would do to a developing psyche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlcox View Post
    It would seem Christian was the scapegoat. Unless there is abuse towards the then 15 year old daughter that we are unaware of (aside from the obvious psychological abuse of being forced to be her brothers keeper and participate in his abuse).

    I hope this young lady is getting some serious counseling. I cannot imagine what living through this would do to a developing psyche.

    I wondered about that too. If any of the other children in the home were abused. We haven't seen anything in the media indicating RC and KK had other children between them, either theirs together or hers from a previous relationship, though early MSM articles indicate neighbors witness family parties with up to 10 children attending or living in the trailor.

    I've also wondered if KK's mother who resided in the trailor across the street where Christian was buried was also a victim of abuse. I wonder what her story is or was....
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    I bet by the end of it, there will be more charges to others that knew what horrific things this boy endured and frankly I think the sister should face charges as well.

    http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/l...2b542fb28.html

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    "Two witnesses allege Christina hit her brother with a metal pole. The girl denies striking her brother with anything other than her hands. She said she would beat him if he got mouthy with her or if she was instructed to do so by her father or stepmother."

    ""I love my brother, don't get me wrong," she said. "But he had problems."

    "On a night Riley Choate went to work, the girl alleges her father and Kimberly told her to chain Christian to a bed frame leaning against a dresser. Christina admitted to chaining Christian's hands and feet to the 6-foot bed frame while striking him and choking him until he turned blue, according to the affidavit. She later denied choking him."

    "The next morning, while in the trailer with Kimberly and Kimberly's sister, Belinda Bradburn, and a cousin, Christina tried to feed Christian some cold cereal, she told authorities. He refused to eat so she slapped him across the face twice and put him back into the cage, eventually noticing he was not breathing, she said."



    A lot more details at the link. This story truly breaks my heart. This boy was tortured!

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    Guess we will have to wait and see what other horrors come to light. I have a feeling I don't want to know but won't be able to keep from following this one.



    RIP Christian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubby View Post
    I don't know if anyone read the full Chicago Trib article I posted above. (Chicago Trib usually goes pay to view usually within a week or two-so not sure how long the link will be valid)

    His sister trying to revive him with a mattress pump the following day - that did it for me.
    And now we come to the reason why she didn't tell her mother right away. She was probably trying to deal with the fact that she was forced to watch/participate in the abuse. And she was made responsible for "caring" for him, so she probably felt some guilt in that he died. I surprised it didn't take longer for her to talk.

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    This case reminds me of The House of Horrors case where the whole household systematically abused a woman and killed her and then started abusing her son (minus the woman in this case). His sister who was 16 at the time was also charged. Her case was eventually moved to Juvenile court...

    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garlin_case[/ame]

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    God Bless this poor child. If he had lived would he ever have been saveable? My heart just aches for all of these children who will grow into damaged adults.... where do the ripples start? do they ever end? These two adults and any others that knew of the treatment of this child should all hang. I am guessing there were a few others.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by redfish View Post
    God Bless this poor child. If he had lived would he ever have been saveable? My heart just aches for all of these children who will grow into damaged adults.... where do the ripples start? do they ever end? These two adults and any others that knew of the treatment of this child should all hang. I am guessing there were a few others.....
    From what I've read, the "Grandma", Kimberly's sister, Belinda Bradburn, and a cousin to start with...

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    marycarney, I am so, so sorry for the loss your family is enduring. The loss of a child, especially in this manner, is so vile and heartbreaking that it leaves us empty and cold. My deepest condolences to you at this time, as you are all, I'm sure, struggling to come to terms with this.

    Christian's picture brought tears to my eyes. May he rest in peace.

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    It's incredibly sad BB witnessed her sister and sisters husband doing this and did not report it. I have to wonder if she will be charged with anything.

    Also - is it just me or does KK remind anyone of Zahra Bakers step mother? I don't know if it is their facial expression or ? But imo there is something very evil looking about both of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew View Post
    And now we come to the reason why she didn't tell her mother right away. She was probably trying to deal with the fact that she was forced to watch/participate in the abuse. And she was made responsible for "caring" for him, so she probably felt some guilt in that he died. I surprised it didn't take longer for her to talk.

    I'm on the fence with this one. I think I need more information before I can form an opinion on the sister. Better stated I have too many unanswered questions right now. One being was she schooled? Yes, I'm glad she finally came forward......

    5 other siblings living in that household witnessing the abuse.
    A step aunt who visited and witnessed the abuse.
    Another unknown witness.

    I'm wondering if the 5 children including Christina were all attending school why didn't any of them have the courage to tell someone?

    I'm trying to wrap my head around pulling one out of school to avoid detection of the abuse and not fearing one of the other 5 might tell. If the others attended school.
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    From the link KindraLore posted above in post #60.

    The next morning, while in the trailer with Kimberly and Kimberly's sister, Belinda Bradburn, and a cousin, Christina tried to feed Christian some cold cereal, she told authorities. He refused to eat so she slapped him across the face twice and put him back into the cage, eventually noticing he was not breathing, she said.

    Kimberly Choate and Bradburn were called back from a visit to Longfellow Elementary School, one witness in the house said.

    Ok, so if I am reading this correctly KC aka KK and BB were AT THE SCHOOL when Christina noticed her brother was not breathing and presumably someone had to have called the school to request they come home.

    So this woman was waltzing around at the school while her beaten and caged step son was at home. How the hmpf did these two woman explain and answer any questions from the school staff regarding Christian.

    I would like to know what their business was at the school that day.

    And I still have questions on why there was no alarm whatsoever from the school.
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    I am bracing myself over here. I think the ugly details may be more than I can bear.
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    I realize the sister, Christina, can be viewed as a victim herself, but I find some of her statements very disturbing. She shows a total lack of empathy.

    Christian's sister, can remember the hatred that was aimed at her brother from all the other family members living in the trailer. "Everyone hated him," she said.


    She said she would beat him if he got mouthy with her or if she was instructed to do so by her father or stepmother.
    "I love my brother, don't get me wrong," she said. "But he had problems."


    he also recalled several of the other children in the home hitting her brother as well, she said Tuesday.
    "They never liked him," she said of the other kids. "He was always an outsider."


    He refused to eat so she slapped him across the face twice and put him back into the cage, eventually noticing he was not breathing, she said.


    After a period when Kimberly tried to restore the boy to health, Christina again took control and would bathe him twice a week in ice cold water, prompting screams from Christian, the first witness said.
    In the father's early statement to police, he pointed a finger at the sister. Normally, I would've been outraged that he was trying to put the blame on his daughter. For some reason, his words rang true, and reading this additional information makes them even more believable. Don't get me wrong. I hold him and the stepmother responsible for Christian's fate. Don't have any warm, fuzzies for his biological mother, either. Christina, though, seems to share her father's sadistic nature. I pray she's not allowed to be alone with younger children.

    Rest in Peace, Christian. I am so sorry you were made to suffer so horribly by your own family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bessie View Post
    I realize the sister, Christina, can be viewed as a victim herself, but I find some of her statements very disturbing. She shows a total lack of empathy.

    In the father's early statement to police, he pointed a finger at the sister. Normally, I would've been outraged that he was trying to put the blame on his daughter. For some reason, his words rang true, and reading this additional information makes them even more believable. Don't get me wrong. I hold him and the stepmother responsible for Christian's fate. Don't have any warm, fuzzies for his biological mother, either. Christina, though, seems to share her father's sadistic nature. I pray she's not allowed to be alone with younger children.

    Rest in Peace, Christian. I am so sorry you were made to suffer so horribly by your own family.
    When the abuse in the is particularly severe, sometimes instead of standing together the kids will more or less throw each other "under the bus". They will imitate the same behavior they have seen from their parent by being violent themselves. They will tell on each other, because when the parent is busy beating one child they are leaving the others alone. And in this case allegedly the sister was "put in charge" of Christian, and allegedly was told that if he didn't behave she would get the same thing he got. So if this is true I am kinda on the fence about her. She may have thought she was doing it for her own survival, or she may have done it because of learned behavior. The only tie breaker for me is that when she got out of sperm donor's control she did tell. And she is the only one who told.

    Mom, again I don't have as much of a problem with. Yes she says she was abused. But was it chronic abuse or a long time abuse. And what was sperm donor's relationship with the children like before she left? He could have been a 'relatively good dad' before she left. Then he hooked up with girlfriends, with kids of their own. Too many variables we don't know. And as far as the 6 years, I can kinda understand that. Sperm donor lived with girlfriends, how often did he move around and do you really think he was going to call her and leave his new addresses? Did either one of them have phones? She was living out of state, it wasn't like she could pop over every couple of days and look for them.

    Sperm donor and the female he was with? Well I have my own thoughts about what should be done with them. The adult stepaunt? Hope she joins them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bessie View Post
    I realize the sister, Christina, can be viewed as a victim herself, but I find some of her statements very disturbing. She shows a total lack of empathy.

    In the father's early statement to police, he pointed a finger at the sister. Normally, I would've been outraged that he was trying to put the blame on his daughter. For some reason, his words rang true, and reading this additional information makes them even more believable. Don't get me wrong. I hold him and the stepmother responsible for Christian's fate. Don't have any warm, fuzzies for his biological mother, either. Christina, though, seems to share her father's sadistic nature. I pray she's not allowed to be alone with younger children.

    Rest in Peace, Christian. I am so sorry you were made to suffer so horribly by your own family.
    I have to agree with you on this one. I do understand what mysteriew is saying; but the fact is Christina was old enough to know this was not just wrong but evil. She could have helped him, yet she choose to participate in the extreme abuse and actually allowed for excuses for it such as Christian had problems and that he was hated by them all. Like that made it ok.

    Just as I sited the other case in Missouri where the 15 yr old girl took part in the extreme abuse of her own brother, I see little difference with this one. And she was charged. So we will just have to see and also wait for more details to come out.

    I think we will find that she isnt exactly the innocent victim here as well.

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    Hmmm the stuff the sister says is just making me wonder ALOT about her role in this!

    I hope they charge KK's sister and if this other cousin was an adult I hope they all get prosecuted to the MAX!!!

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    If this is against TOS for posting, tell me and I will quickly remove it. This was a comment left on a news article regarding this case:

    Editing because I was told not to post the whole comment and provide a link....

    The poster was "Some1whocares" which was obviously a neighbor and was complaining that she did call the authorities and reported that 10 children were living in a two bedroom trailer and that they were keeping Christian locked up. Stated that they did go to the house but did not go inside and talked to Kimberly outside.

    She also stated that there had been a tornado in August of 08 and there was no power for a week and it was so hot and she thought of him being locked up that whole time in there..



    Some1whocares said on: May 11, 2011, 10:51 am
    Now they are going to open an investigation. they said in the article that no one called.. here is their post from that article "I DID!!!!!!!!!!!! I CALLED TWICE ON THE MURDERERS IN 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY NEVER INTERED THE HOME! I TOLD THEM THERE WERE 10 KIDS IN A 2 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME AND THAT HE WAS LOCKED UP INSIDE!....

    More at link...

    http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/l...omments&page=5
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