Saving Clayton ~ Story of 6 Yr Old Chained in Closet

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Saving Clayton ~ Story of 6 Yr Old Chained in Closet

Post by Piper on Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:11 pm

The following is a story that was on Oprah about a little boy that was abused and chained in a closet. Clayton's life of torture and horrific abuse (perhaps death) was saved by the sheriff, ignored by children's services. Prime example of why CPS reports should be followed up by visits from law enforcement who have the power to intervene and get the truth. Be sure to watch the videos in the link. Clayton is now 19 years old and this sheriff took it upon himself and his gut feeling to save this child. This makes me think of Zahra Baker and so many others that were not able to be rescued even when there were reports of abuse.


TORTURED BY HIS OWN FAMILY: THE SIX-YEAR-OLD CHAINED IN A CLOSET

April 15, 2011

At age 6, his father and stepmother locked him inside a bathroom closet, his tiny body wrapped in a wire fence and bound by chains like an animal.

Imagine what it would be like to be locked inside a closet 2 by 2 feet wide, your body wrapped in a wire fence and bound by chains like an animal for hours—even days—at a time. You aren't given any food. You're 6 years old, and your parents have done this to you.

It's the heinous child abuse case The Oprah Show first told in 2000. Back then, the show couldn't say his name or show his face. Now, that little boy, Clayton, is 19 years old and coming forward in hopes that his story will help save another child from abuse.

While living in a small Indiana town, 6-year-old Clayton was terrorized by the very people who were supposed to protect and care for him—his father, Joseph, and stepmother, Carmen.

For months, Clayton was locked inside an airless, dark bathroom closet, often for 24 hours at a time. Inside the closet, Clayton was bound in wire fencing and chains. He stood for hours on end, even while sleeping. His tiny neck and chest bore scars from the wire and chains cutting into his bare skin.

When Clayton could no longer hold his bodily functions, he was forced to go to the bathroom on himself. His stepmother punished him by rubbing his own feces in his face. Then his father would urinate on him.



Read more and view videos:

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Claytons-Survival-Story

http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Tortured-By-His-Own-Family-The-Six-Year-Old-Chained-in-a-Closet

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Post by Sherry on Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:26 pm

That is such a sad story, and to think, it happens to many, many children everyday this kind of abuse. I'm glad Clayton will make a career of helping the helpless because of Sherriff Pate.
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Post by Julie on Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:41 pm

That's awful all of the abuse Clayton went through. I'm so glad Sheriff Pate rescued Clayton. I hope Clayton succeeds in his future career of helping other abused kids.

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