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    TX - Alfredo & Leticia Ines kept daughter, 12, in closet, Brownsville, 2010

    BROWNSVILLE - Police say the parents of a 12 year-old girl forced her to live locked in a closet with no light and minimal contact with the outside world. Police say no one had a clue about the abuse, not neighbors or school officials, until the girl's brother spoke up. When police went to the family's home on the 400 block of Jo Ann Lane, they found the girl locked inside the closet.

    CHANNEL 5 NEWS has video and pictures of the space were the girl was confined. She was allegedly only let out so she could go to school, eat, or use the bathroom during the day. The bucket in the space was her bathroom at night. Police say she was forced to clean it every morning.
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    Police say this was torture endured by the child for more than a year. The landlord tells us she didn't suspect any problems. She let us inside. Police say the room the girl was living in had no electricity and she would use the light coming through the cracks to do her homework."

    The girl's mother told police she kept the girl locked up because she didn't want her stealing food from the refrigerator. But police say the girl needed to eat. They say she was malnourished and looked like an 8 or 9 year-old instead of 12.
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    CHANNEL 5 NEWS wanted to know why no at the girl's school noticed problems. A District spokesperson says they're now looking into the situation.

    A hearing is set for next week to determine if the girl will stay in foster care.



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    Yes --please -- tell us why the school didn't notice this poor starving child!!

    Bless her heart -- doing her homework by the light coming thru the cracks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Mist View Post
    BROWNSVILLE - Police say the parents of a 12 year-old girl forced her to live locked in a closet with no light and minimal contact with the outside world. Police say no one had a clue about the abuse, not neighbors or school officials, until the girl's brother spoke up. When police went to the family's home on the 400 block of Jo Ann Lane, they found the girl locked inside the closet.

    CHANNEL 5 NEWS has video and pictures of the space were the girl was confined. She was allegedly only let out so she could go to school, eat, or use the bathroom during the day. The bucket in the space was her bathroom at night. Police say she was forced to clean it every morning.
    ........

    Police say this was torture endured by the child for more than a year. The landlord tells us she didn't suspect any problems. She let us inside. Police say the room the girl was living in had no electricity and she would use the light coming through the cracks to do her homework."

    The girl's mother told police she kept the girl locked up because she didn't want her stealing food from the refrigerator. But police say the girl needed to eat. They say she was malnourished and looked like an 8 or 9 year-old instead of 12.
    ........

    CHANNEL 5 NEWS wanted to know why no at the girl's school noticed problems. A District spokesperson says they're now looking into the situation.

    A hearing is set for next week to determine if the girl will stay in foster care.



    more here

    http://www.krgv.com/news/local/story...iKg0529LA.cspx

    Yes --please -- tell us why the school didn't notice this poor starving child!!

    Bless her heart -- doing her homework by the light coming thru the cracks.

    there arent enough sick/frustrated/horified/disgusted emoticons here to tell what i think about this............

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    Yes - why didn't the school report? WTH???????

    I don't get it. Why can't people find their voices? That's gonna become my new motto. It is horrifying to hear about these children that have come into contact with so many adults and no one does a dam thing!

    SPEAK UP!!!!

    I hope someone sues on behalf of the child and the school ends up paying a nice hefty sum that will provide this child with a decent college education.

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    Ah H3ll...I knew I didn't want to read this thread!:beyond pissed:

    Sweet, sweet baby girl, my prayer is that you are in the most wonderful foster home, where you are surrounded by love, have plenty of good food to eat, a cozy bed to sleep in and plenty of good food to eat. May you never have to do your homework by the light seeping in under the door and my life offer you only good things for the rest of your life. I pray you are never returned to the monsters who conceived you and held you like an animal. God bless you sweet girl and heal you in every way.
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    What a couple of sickos.

    SOMEONE should pay dearly for not reporting this.
    Teachers/school employees are MANDATORY REPORTERS (IMHO, everyone should be, but I digress).
    Bless this precious child, and bless her brother for having the nerve to step up when there were grown-ups turning the other cheek.
    Hopefully these kids can grow up and have some semblance of normalcy...
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    So often it comes down to food. Food is love. Children need it and crave it and will do anything to get it. Parents (horrid and wonderful) use it as a control trip and dangle it as a reward and a punishment. Withholding food is known to cause some of the deepest scars as the abuse can begin pre-verbally while the child is still bottle fed (yes, I just realized I didn't include breast there, but I have to admit that I've never read a study of withholding the breast as I have about the bottle, hmmmm).

    It becomes a vicious cycle as the child acts out to get the food so the parent withholds more. Then comes the locking and the closeting. We know the rest of the story.

    Living with a houseful of children with eating disorders and "issues" based on early abuse and abandonment issues, I have to say that I've never encountered anything more challenging (other than our rape trial and aftermath) than dealing with food. It was a constant battle to get it right.

    If I wasn't mentally in a good place, in a great marriage, and with a vital support network; I could see me going crazy over what our kids tried to do concerning food. We had a locked pantry as some kids would get up at night and eat until they vomited. We have one son who would spirit away whole bags of bagels and bury them in the yard. We caught him eating them after he'd dug them up, even though they were dirty and moldy. We had to notify any parents of friends about these issues as our kids would clean out fridges--literally. We had one boy break into a neighbor's house to steal food. I will spare you all the more graphic stories. Children who have gone without love or who've been abused or neglected in any way can be pathological about obtaining food in any way possible. And sad to say, the answer is not unlimited food. That's far too simplistic.

    When people ask me what my first chapter will be titled in that magical book I'm supposed to write some day, I always answer simply, "Food". I'm not defending this Mom in any way but I do grasp how this cycle begins. Very sad and very sick.

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    its ureal that she was that emaciated and no one at school noticed. huh? gotta be kidding me.

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    I have a sneaking suspicion the monsters locked this girl up because they're azzholes & this was just part of the abuse this little girl suffered....heck yeah she wanted in the fridge when they weren't looking....no telling how long they'd been starving her!!

    It wouldn't surprise me if the school was told some lame-azz lies about her eating behavior....her dad worked for Brownsville ISD....too convenient.

    IMO, there'll be more to this sad case & what the little girl has endured -- even before being locked in the closet.

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    What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
    But if that drop was not in the ocean,
    I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
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    kbl--I agree, the school should have known. But what did we learn with Jeanette Maples' death here in Oregon? A number of teachers called in a report and nothing was done.

    I should add that our family had to work closely with teachers and administrators so everyone knew what we were dealing with and our kids were never emaciated or even skinny. FWIW, I just read my husband the post I wrote and we both sat silently for a while. It was rough. Harder than I can describe. There was no way to "fill" our children. It hurt to be in that space and it still hurts as we've watched a few transfer those food issues to other unhealthy habits. Not all of the kids, but a few.

    Yes, why didn't the school notice? Children are not raised in a vacuum. It takes a team approach. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but it does indeed take a "whole village".

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    Here are the monsters, looks like mom did not miss any meals :

    What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you....
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    Snipped>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    "She would be locked in this closet for a whole week in a row, " Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique told Action 4 News.

    Living in the home, on the 400 block of Jo Ann Lane, were the parents Alfredo and Leticia Ines, as well as three other boys ages 11-17, and the 12-year-old.

    "Everyone in the house knew what was happening but you have children that are, based on fear, always hold this type of secrets," he said.

    It wasn't until one of the boys broke the silence that Child Protective Services and police finally became aware of the abuse


    http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=410213
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticrose View Post
    Here are the monsters, looks like mom did not miss any meals :

    lol yeah it was the little girl stealing out of the fridge.......
    gotta think the brother was being abused too.

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    All I ever want to know in cases like these.. when does it become more enjoyable to torture and starve your child instead of filling their hearts and bellies with the joy of love and good food? My goodness, this is just pure evil.

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    Police charge parents with locking 12-year-old girl in closet for about a year
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    When investigators arrived at the home, they found the girl so malnourished she appeared to be only 8 years old, Manrrique said. She was old enough to be in seventh grade but instead was in fifth.

    Investigator’s photographs show she slept on plush, fleece quilts on the cement floor. By the blankets, there were pictures of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a ratty, yellow notebook and a white bucket, which Manrrique said the girl used to go to the restroom at night. In the morning, she was said to have to clean it out.

    At the home, some sundresses still hang on a rack in the small room. Child’s scribbles and a few little stars, bright blue and lime green, appear to have been drawn across the walls in magic markers, sporadic flares of color on grimy ivory. But inside, investigators said the place was usually dark.

    The girl’s parents, Leticia, 40, and Alfredo Ines, 43, were charged Saturday with second-degree injury to a child and unlawful restraint. They were each assessed $275,000 bonds and have been transferred to Cameron County Jail

    http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/new...year-girl.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticrose View Post
    Here are the monsters, looks like mom did not miss any meals :

    It's sad that most starvation cases we see one or both caretakers looking a little more than well nourished.

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