Lake Charles, LA – Some of you may have read or heard of the book “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer. It is a horrendous yet inspirational true story of Dave Pelzer’s very abusive childhood. I never thought I would find another story that so closely mirrored that one until today. On February 19, Deputy Jason Schnake of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a nine-year-old boy. The caller stated that the boy, who resided with his father and stepmother, was very thin and possibly being held captive in his bedroom. Deputy Schnake traveled to the home to do a welfare check on the boy and, once inside, discovered a dog leash had been used to tie one door knob to another to keep the child from escaping his room. Inside the room, the deputy observed the frail nine-year-old lying on a filthy foam pallet that rested on top of blood-stained box springs. On the pallet was a sheet soaked with urine and blood.
The makeshift bed was the only thing inside the room that smelled heavy with urine. The boy, who weighed a mere 38 pounds, was dressed in a t-shirt, shorts, and a diaper. His body and face were covered with bruises. After the boy was taken to the hospital, it was determined that his body temperature was 92 degrees, which indicated he was in hypothermia due to malnutrition. It was learned that his stepmother, 27-year-old Jaime B. Day, deprived the boy of food and would not allow him to eat with the family but instead forced him to watch the family eat. It was also learned that the boy was so hungry at times he ate his own feces and drank his own urine just to survive. As if that were not enough torture, a second-degree burn was found on the boy’s back that was caused by his stepmother placing a heated sock filled with rice on his back. Jaime Day was charged with 25 counts of cruelty to a juvenile and 2 counts of 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile with her bond set at $5.5 million. The boy’s worthless father, 30-year old Murry Dalton Day, is being charged with 5 counts of cruelty to a juvenile and 1 counts of 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile. A judge set his bond at $2 million, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was expected to turn himself in yesterday.
Detectives were able to determine the boy had been being abused since late last year. The two other boys in the home, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old, were both Jaime Day’s biological children, the eldest adopted by Murry. Neither child appeared to have been abused but were removed from the home as well. And where was the abused boy’s biological mother, you ask? Six years ago, Murry Day was given custody of the boy after his mother’s parental rights were terminated when it was determined that physical abuse had occurred. The investigation is continuing with more arrests possible. No child should ever have to suffer like this but until fathers like Murry grow some balls, as well as a heart, and more people like the anonymous caller step up and report something they suspect is wrong, I know this will not be the last horrific child abuse story we hear about. I am just glad this one came with a much better ending.