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By Danielle Hester
8:47 PM Feb 21st, 2012
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Child protected services have place 11 children in foster care who were found tied to beds in a dark room of a Texas home last month, some bruised.
The children range in age from 5 months to 11-years-old. A 5-year-old was legally blind and “appeared to be in a daze, while two of the youngest had what authorities feared was pneumonia and were taken to a hospital. Another child had a black eye and was missing a tooth.
According to the court document, eight children where locked in a dark room with a piece of plywood over the window and tied to a filthy mattress when welfare workers found them in the Dayton home.
There were 10 adults living in the home, one of them a sex offender.
Washington Post reported:
The children in the bedroom had been bound around the chest and tied to the bed, leaving them only 1 to 2 feet for movement, the document said. Adults in the home told investigators they “tie the children up for safety” at night and during daytime naps, but one of the children said he typically was kept in the room for up to three days.
Surprisingly, no arrests were made and no one has been charged. Police say an investigation is in process, and authorities still do not know how the adults and children are related. But remember when the Chicago father posted images of his 1-year-old daughter bound with tape around her mouth and hands to Facebook? He was arrested immediately and detained. He had no criminal record.
“Our primary concern was to make sure that the children were stable and safe,” Child Protective Services spokeswoman Gwen Carter said.
One of the adults, Mark E. Marsh III, who was convicted in Michigan 15 years ago of criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl, listed the Dayton home as his residence on Texas’ online sex offender registry. Released in May, he moved to Dayton where there was no restriction on his living with children.
Some neighbors told police they had never seen the young children and did not know that many people lived in the house.