Posted: Mar 10, 2010 6:36 PM by Kate
Updated: Mar 10, 2010 6:36 PM
Another arrest in a horrific case of child abuse out of Calcasieu Parish. A nine year old boy was pulled from his Lake Charles home, after he was discovered nearly starved to death and living on a blood and urine soaked pallet and box spring.
The boy's father Murry Day, 30, is now in jail. His stepmother Jaime was the first to be arrested. The two are facing a possible lifetime behind bars for starving their child, to the point he had to eat his own feces and drink his own urine to survive.
Wednesday, the home was silent. Bikes and toys surrounded 2841 Southern Ridge Drive. It looked like a place where children have fun, but the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office paints a horrifying picture of what went on there.
"Do you discipline your child by heating up rice in a sock and putting it on their back," asked Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso. He says the nine-year old boy at the center of this abuse case, was near death, bruised and burned, bones protruding... when they showed up for a welfare check after receiving a tip.
Family members told authorities the child refused to eat and had mental problems. But Mancuso says that's not an excuse. "For them not to have brought this child to the emergency room to let them put a feeding tube in him, if that's what it took to feed this baby, then shame on them," said Mancuso.
Murry and his 27-year old wife Jaime are now jailed on 2 and 5 million dollar bonds, respectively. Jaime faces 25 counts of cruelty to a child, each punishable by up to ten years and two second degree charges. "Second degree cruelty to a juvenile, one count, carries from zero to 40 years in prison, so it's very serious," said Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier.
Murry Day faces 5 counts of cruelty to a child and one second degree charge.
The boy is said to be doing better. He's gained 17 pounds back after being pulled from the home and hospitalized. We've also learned why the case wasn't discovered sooner. The boy was not in a traditional school, where teachers would've noticed bruises or weight loss. Apparently, the child was being home schooled and rarely left the house.