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9 Year Old Boy Imprisoned in His Home

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Last Edited: October 12, 2006, 6:56 pm

This story is not only sad, but very bizarre. I want to know how it could take 3 years for someone to realize a 6 year old (now 9) was never seen outside, never visited a doctor, never attended school, never played with neighbors....... 

His father was arrested. I hope the mother is next.  She told police she was "allowed" to visit the boy for an hour each day while he was locked in his room. What about the grandparents? Why didn't anyone call for help? Or is this another case of the Florida DCF failing to protect an innocent child like Trenton Duckett?  At least this boy survived his ordeal and finally was rescued.  I hope he doesn't get lost in the system and is allowed to be adopted soon. He deserves a life full of love, support and lots of hugs every day.

In the news today.  Jacksonville, FL  October 12, 2006

 

Father arrested on aggravated child abuse; son kept in home for 3 years


A 9-year-old boy locked in a prison-like bedroom.  A house with surveillance cameras in almost every room. Television and computer screens in the father's room, showing the boy's every movement.

Police detailed a bizarre scene Wednesday night while announcing the arrest of a Jacksonville father on a charge of aggravated child abuse for imprisoning his son inside his home for the past three years.

Randall Warren Piercy, 41, was accused of the torture and malicious punishment of the boy.

As officers walked Piercy into the Jacksonville jail, he told reporters that he loved his children, and that he was the victim of a vendetta by his in-laws.

"I'm being wrongly accused," Piercy said. "... I love my family very much."

Despite Piercy's claims, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Lt. Annie Smith described ghastly living conditions endured the boy, whose name was not released by police.

She said the Piercy home was a prison, and the child was not allowed to attend school, had no friends, did not receive medical attention, and may have been totally cut off from any human contact other than family. The address was blacked out from a police report, but property tax records show that Piercy and his wife, Michelle, own a home on Eynon Drive.

Piercy's wife had not been charged Wednesday evening, police said. However, police are still investigating her involvement in the case.

An investigator entered the house on Oct. 4 by posing as a real estate investor. There were cameras outside the house, in nearly every room, and watching the bathroom, according to police.

Inside the house, in a hallway, the undercover officer found one door locked by an outside dead bolt. When the investigator went in, he saw the 9-year-old boy, sitting on his bed in his underwear, watching NASCAR. The room smelled of urine, and there was a camera mounted on a wall, aimed at the child's bed. The boy was excited to see his grandfather and asked him to "come back and spend some time with him" according to the report.

The father's room contained what police described as a large television monitor and several computers. The television showed the child's bed.

Family members told police that the boy had to stay locked inside the room unless his father let him out. He was usually allowed one bathroom break per day, as the father was supposedly "teaching" him to control his body.

The boy once had brothers living at the house, a family member told police. Before they moved out, he was kept in an area just big enough for his bed. The boy was kept locked in that area, the family member said.

Piercy told police he kept the child in the room because he "believed it was in the best interest of the child," Smith said. She did not elaborate on that.

As he was escorted to jail, Piercy told reporters that the surveillance cameras were used because of a prior incident but he refused to elaborate. He blamed his wife's parents for the arrest, saying they never liked him.

"I think this is wrong," he said. "I think this is a vendetta her parents have against me."

According to police, the child was "thrilled" to be taken from the home. Smith said the boy told police, "'I have to pinch myself. Days like this only come once in a lifetime.' " As they brought him outside, he was running all around, she said.

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Rick GComment by Rick G - October 12, 2006, 8:03 pm
Wow, what a sad story that is.

It was the in-laws fault for freeing the boy and not the father's fault for imprisoning the boy.

Another example of the current trend in denying responsibilty for one's own actions. This man should be kept in a similar "cage" and only allowed one bathroom break a day for the same period of time he did it to his kid.

This horrendous treatment of our children is abominable. Makes me sick to my stomach. I'd like to personally beat the living crap out of this "father".
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justxploringComment by justxploring - October 12, 2006, 8:16 pm
I'll hold him down while you do it, Rick. I don't know where draw the line between having privacy and getting involved when a child is at risk. I wonder why there are so many cases like this in Florida. I didn't want my blog entry to be too long, so I left this out. However, if you know about the 2 year old boy who is still missing and whose mother committed suicide, you might not realize that his grandparents begged the 'system' to help him. From a local newspaper:

**Governor Bush gave his opinion on the Trenton Duckett case one day after the Department of Children and families released a report of its dealings with the missing boy's mother and father.

DCF records revealed to the public show that even though Melinda Duckett was alleged to have held a knife to her child and threatened him, the case was never considered high risk.
     
We also learned that Melinda Duckett and Joshua Duckett's family e-mailed the governor about their concern for Trenton, just months before the 2-year-old was reported missing.**

So when this baby disappeared, everyone panicked and began looking for him, but when his mother put a knife to his throat they didn't take it seriously. Sick, really sick. I hope by some miracle, he's still alive although he's been missing a very long time.

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Comment by shalini - October 12, 2006, 9:11 pm
how can one be nasty to any child, let alone any child.......I agree with you rick. the father shd be meted out the same treatment........
4.
emilygComment by emilyg - October 12, 2006, 11:40 pm
the mother is just as guilty.
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truecriticComment by truecritic - October 13, 2006, 12:29 am
Cases similar to this pop up every so often. One wonders how many kids are subjected to inhumane treatment? It's a shame. It's worse than a shame.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - October 13, 2006, 12:43 am
Agree, Emily. Are you familiar with the murder or the little girl, Lisa Steinberg, in New York in 1989? Her cocaine addicted mother, Hedda Nussbaum, was never accused of child abuse and has been working as a speaker for abused women and women's rights. Blech! She wrote a book and was on Larry King one night. I wish I could have gotten through on the phone. I'd want to ask why HER picture was on the book she was promoting with her picture on the cover about HER pain and HER suffering. She kept saying she was a victim too, which I know is true. However, it was her job to protect her 2 children. Her little girl was left in a pool of blood to die and she did nothing.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - October 13, 2006, 1:08 am
True Critic, I also wonder about the number of these cases. Is the media just paying more attention to them? You don't have to look far.

Front page of Charleston newspaper on Thursday (video on cnn.com)

Police: Mother Confessed To Smothering Twin Babies
Marika Kelderman, Live 5 News
A shocking scene as police carried out were the bodies of 9 month old twins Davion & Trevon Nelson. They were found early Wednesday morning by their grandmother in their Moncks Corner home.

The coroner says there were no bruise marks anywhere on the children or anything to show any type of neglect. Coroner Glenn Rhoad says the boys were well dressed, well cared for and they looked like they were being properly taken care of.

The mother.. Lakeia Nicole White has been charged with two counts of homicide by child abuse. If convicted each charge carries a sentence of 20 years to life. Police say she confessed that she smothered her two sons in her bed using a pillow, because she said they were crying and she didn't feel well and wanted to go to sleep.

Story Created: Oct 12, 2006 at 6:59 AM EST

Story Updated: Oct 12, 2006 at 7:45 AM EST

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