Kenosha, WI- On Saturday, officers in Wisconsin were alarmed to discover what they are calling one of the most disturbing abuse cases they had ever encountered. Inside a residence in Kenosha, police found a 2 1/2 year old child strapped in a car seat in a small, dark room. His face was covered, his diaper loaded, and his hair infested with lice. But that was not the worst of it. In the dining room of the home, a 38-year old woman was found lying on the floor covered in urine and feces with her left ankle was chained to a weight bench. The frail woman appeared to weigh no more than 70 pounds and, after the chain was cut, she could not straighten her legs, stand or walk. What kind of monsters would do something so cruel and callous? Sally Adams, 56, and her son, Ernest Claiborne, 34. Sally, the mother of the chained woman and grandmother to the neglected child, at first told police she did not know who had chained her daughter up. She then fessed up and said her daughter has the mental capacity of a 5-year old and was chained to prevent her from wandering and even admitted to giving her sleeping pills from time to time to prevent her leaving the house. Ernest told police he put the toddler in the car seat to prevent him from walking around so he (Ernest) could take a nap.
This all came about after police followed up on a complaint from the father of Sally’s grandson who told authorities that she had barred him from seeing his son since September and that her daughter might be neglected and chained in a squalid home. A 13-year old boy, who answered the door when police arrived, later said the woman was chained for as long as three years and was released only “once in a while” to be cleaned. Sally Adams and Ernest Claiborne were arrested and charged with felony false imprisonment, abuse of a person at risk and reckless endangerment with bail set at $10,000 each. Sally’s daughter was taken to a hospital where police found ligature marks on her ankle, as well as 10 to 15 marks on her back. Because his mother is currently incarcerated in Wisconsin on two cases, a battery charge and a forgery case, Sally’s grandson has been placed in a foster home by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Family Services.Tags: Child Abuse, false imprisonment, neglect, Reckless Endangerment, toddler, Wisconsin