BUTLER, GA - I was going to post about the 15-year-old foster teen allegedly forced to live in a chicken coop when the story first broke, but I didn’t for some reason. But the story has resurfaced after her parents were arrested and it was revealed that the 15-year-old girl was also forced her to wear a a shock collar for dogs.
If any of you missed this story when it first made the rounds back in May, police were alerted to the the girl’s living conditions after someone called them to report the girl was being forced to live outside in a chicken coop. The girl was taken into state custody but her adoptive parents, Diana Franklin and Samuel Franklin would not be arrested until Tuesday.
Diana was charged with 12 counts of cruelty to children and 4 counts of false imprisonment, while Samuel was charged with 8 counts of cruelty to children and 8 counts of false imprisonment.
The girl had informed police that her parents placed the collar around her neck and used it on her several times by anyone in possession of a remote key fob that controlled the collar. This was just one of several punishments used on the girl for various offenses.
“The child basically said that there were just a series of fairly severe, what can be described as punishments, for various things that the child allegedly did, some as simple as not doing homework and then others like taking food,” said GBI’s Wayne Smith.
Police didn’t find the collar the first time they searched the Franklin’s home, just a receipt from when it was purchased, but after Diana and Samuel were arrested police searched again and found the collar inside the home. It matched the girl’s description and has been sent to the state crime lab for DNA testing.
After police got involved, neighbors came forward to say that they witnessed the girl being forced to perform various types of manual labor in the hot son.
“I’ve seen her out working in the gardens, digging ditches in the hot sun with two or three older boys watching her,” neighbor Steven Balis said. “I’ve seen her toting rocks up the road – she looked like she was in rough shape.”
Another neighbor, David Spillers, said he has also witnessed the similar activity.
“I saw her when she was out in the yard working in that garden out there and I saw her around picking up trash in the yard,” Spillers said.
Yet another neighbor said that Diana admitted to feeding the girl bread and water for days as punishment for not doing chores and working the “right way.” She also said that Diana told her she was only doing ”what the Bible says.”chicken coop, Child Abuse, Crime, Diana Franklin, Georgia, Samuel Franklin, shock collar