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    MI - Calista Springer, 16, chained to bed, dies in fire, Centreville, 27 Feb 2008

    http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7947786

    29 Feb 08

    A 16-year-old girl who died in a house fire Wednesday was chained to her bed.

    Michigan State Police told 24 Hour News 8 Calista Springer never had a chance to get out of the burning house.

    Springer was a special needs teenager with severe emotional issues who had tried to previously tried to escape from the home in the middle of the night.

    Her father and stepmother told police they only recently started tying Calista down after an alarm system they had in place broke. And the stepmother told firefighters right away Calista was upstairs tethered to the top bunk of a bunk bed.

    Crews got a ladder to the bedroom window, but the fire was too intense and they could not get inside.

    The teen died lying on her back, with a chain and zip ties around her waist, and attached to a bolt on the side of the bed.

    Investigators said they tested the alarm and found it worked. Police believe the parents had been chaining Calista for some time because they got tired of getting up every time the alarm went off.

    Officials also confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 the Springers had contact with the Department of Human Services a number of years ago, and that caseworkers had warned them about tethering Calista to the bed in case of fire.

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    Just awful. If they couldnot contain her or guarantee her safety in their home then they should have hired nighttime help or found a (nice) group home for her that could meet her needs. I know that is easier said than done and it must have been hard to parents such a child and I hate to be judgemental b/c special needs children require special people and treatment, but they did have medicaid and SSI at their disposal I am sure to help with costs. Chaining a human being to a bed is unnacceptable and cruel. To die in a fire is awful, especially with no chance to get out of the fire.

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    Oh dear Lord.

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    Very, very sad case. They obviously loved the girl or they would have just let her run or put her in foster care so they didn't have to deal with her behaviors. I'm sure nothing the legal system could do to them will even begin to be as horrible as what they are doing to themselves right now.

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    Calista's father stated his daughter was a compulsive liar and not abused...

    Anthony Springer referred to what is happening in the aftermath of the fire as “a witch hunt” and claims that DHS and police “are building a bonfire and looking for people to throw on it. Interesting choice of words there.


    CPS began investigating in 95. This story is beyond tragic. What a horrific way to die. :-(

    http://southernsassoncrime.com/?p=1049


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    I am not even going to say what is going through my mind right now because it is pure evil..

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    Wow, for once, I don't know what to say.

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    I am certain everyone here knows a person with a special needs child. Before anyone bashes them answer one question......when was the last time YOU offered to take the special needs child you know for a weekend to give the parents a much needed break???????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    I am certain everyone here knows a person with a special needs child. Before anyone bashes them answer one question......when was the last time YOU offered to take the special needs child you know for a weekend to give the parents a much needed break???????????
    Unfortunately, I'm still a bit young to do this. I know my limits and I couldn't handle it. Also, we don't know anyone yet with a special needs child. Something to keep in mind though if we ever do run across it.

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    Well, no one has to volunteer to help these people with their child.


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    Linda7NJ..the Springers were offered help by MDHHS. They refused.
    As for me personally, I have 2 grands with Autism. I do what I can when I can,for them as well as help at their "special" school.


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    From the link...

    "Several months later, sources said, Upton’s office responded, providing a copy of Children’s Protective Services’ written response. In it, DHS officials alleged Calista’s problems — first reported to them in 1995 — were the result of “compulsive eating” of nonfood items like wood, paper and soil."


    This is a sad story! The eating of non-food items is a result of a condition called PICA. My childhood friend had this, and would eat the stucco off her house. It is a misunderstood condition, but physicians think it is a result of severe iron-deficiency anemia. It is the body's unconscious attempt to gain the nutrients it requires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ View Post
    I am certain everyone here knows a person with a special needs child. Before anyone bashes them answer one question......when was the last time YOU offered to take the special needs child you know for a weekend to give the parents a much needed break???????????
    Spot on. Walk in the parents' shoes, then dispense wisdom. This is a tragedy, not a crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleven View Post
    From the link...

    "Several months later, sources said, Upton’s office responded, providing a copy of Children’s Protective Services’ written response. In it, DHS officials alleged Calista’s problems — first reported to them in 1995 — were the result of “compulsive eating” of nonfood items like wood, paper and soil."


    This is a sad story! The eating of non-food items is a result of a condition called PICA. My childhood friend had this, and would eat the stucco off her house. It is a misunderstood condition, but physicians think it is a result of severe iron-deficiency anemia. It is the body's unconscious attempt to gain the nutrients it requires.
    Good pickup. True about pica, but not always the complete story. Dirt, clay, stucco are the strange foods of pica sufferers. Usually abates when the anemia is diagnosed and resolved. This case may have had additional factors to pica.

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    I do have a disabled son. It is TONS of work and lots of exhaustive nights. I would never think of chaining my child down or anything like that. There are other ways to take care of issues and to me what they did is nothing more than abuse. Of course when I noticed the word 'step mom' in the article I had other ideas of what the real deal was in that house but I will keep that to myself.

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