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February 25th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Beaten, Burned & Eating Dog Food

3 kids in Oklahoma were allegedly abused by their adoptive parents.  They told authorities that they suffered abuses like being confined to a plastic dog carrier, forced to eat pet food, burned with hot spoons and beaten with a mallet, a can opener and the buckle end of a belt.  The sheriff in teh case calls it the worse case of child abuse he's ever seen.  The parents are both out of jail on a $9,000 bond.

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  1. Roger

    9,000 dollar bond is a joke. They should receive solitary confinement for the rest of there life.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  2. Mary

    It is outrageous that these people (I refuse to call them parents) are free on a minuscule bail. I realize that these are allegations and they have not yet had their day in court but the allegations are so heinous and show such contempt for humanity that I believe this bail amount is contemptible and the judge that allowed this should be brought up on conspiracy charges.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  3. Carrie

    Just heard this horrific story. I am appalled that this couple is allowed to be out on bond! These animals should be in jail!! They are undeserving of this current freedom. And how could this have gone on for so long? These poor children!! Their lives are forever ruined.

    Where were the case workers? $1,500/month for each of the three children? This is absolutely revolting!!!!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  4. Carrie

    Just heard this horrific story. I am appalled that this couple is out on a $9,000 bond. They are undeserving of this freedom.

    How could this have gone on for so long? Where were the case workers? $1,500/month for each of the three children - this makes me so angry!!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  5. Islan Xplora

    Why wasn't the department of children services doing regular check up on those kids. In this day and age NO child should have to endure a life like that, that couple shouldn't even get bail for the scars they've imposed on those kids. Those children will never have a normal life!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  6. gloria barnes

    yes, I'm in north carolina and a case was just report that a grandmother she abuse her grand child and her bond is posted much higher than these people. what the different abuser is abuser and they should have a higher bonds. they should be glad they are not in the old testment era where an eye for and eye. They will be made to eat dog and cat food and be beat too and put and cages. And be burn too. Gloria

    February 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  7. Helen mazur

    The Kluth's and all people like them should be ashamed of themselves because they are mentally ill to do such horrific acts. Where were childhood protective services checking up on couples like this? Our laws need to be restructured if people like these could then be freed on such low bail. They scarred these children for life. Child abusers should be put away for life.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  8. Beth Noel

    A person arrested of a sex offense, against a child, would have a much higher bond...even if it was a non contact offense, as in pornography. Consider the Romeo and Juliet situations where young men are punished harshly for their young girlfriends, lives ruined by the brand "sex offender!"
    Yet, these monsters got out on $9000.00 after these heinous crimes against these children. After a few years "MAYBE" in jail no one will ever know the fear they struck in the hearts of these children! Where is the justice in this?
    Society wants a register for people who pose dangers to children...Lets get the right people on them!

    February 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  9. Annette

    The fact that those child abusers can get out on bail, says that a people can abuse children and then use the money that they earn while doing it, to defend their actions.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  10. Sandy - Eugene, OR

    Don Lemon's sad report on the beaten, abused children in Oklahoma is similar to an unbelievably sad story here in Eugene, Oregon. Just yesterday, the mother was sentenced to DEATH after about 4 weeks of trial. The details are just more than most people can stand to hear. You may want to check out (Google) the Register Guard newspaper, in Eugene. A death sentence in Oregon, and especially Eugene and Lane County in general, is extremely rare. The schools, some of the childs relatives, including step-father, are all being considered to have some responsibility in the horror story, but the mother was found largely to blame. Some of we taxpayers are outraged that we will now be providing for the woman for years to come, while she appeals the sentence. Thanks for listening, Don, you do a great job of reporting.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  11. senorlar

    the worst case of child abuse he's EVER SEEN but they still get out of jail w/ a $9,000.00 bond is a joke. As far as I know you can get bail for 10% of your bond that's $900.00. those people should be on a million $$ bail but i'm canadian & we don't make child abusers famous.
    LARRY H.// Lindsay,Ontario,Canada

    February 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  12. Bob

    Why are these two pond scum people alive let alone let out on bail. They should be executed immediately (As opposed to sitting on death row for 20+ years) and I'm not talking lethal injection. It should definitely involve a lot of pain for what they did to those children. May I suggest the rack with some razor blades added for extra measure. I missed my anger management class last night. This helps when I get it all out.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  13. Helen mazur

    In addition to my above comment, the judge who presided over this case should be suspended and investigated. I have little respect for such an individual.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  14. susan

    My dad always said that kids don't ask to be born – therefore the parents owe the kids to love them, take good care of them until they are grown.
    Shame on these people who can't be called parents. God will take care of them in due time.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  15. Ried S.

    This truly makes me want to throw up. What's worse is these kids will have to suffer the rest of their lives. Their abusers have the ability to go on living, maybe in prison but they don't have to live with the long term psycological effects these kids will have to live with. These skumbags deserve to the SAME if not WORSE treatment these kids went through!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  16. Dennis

    It is sad to see these children fall by the wayside because of people who try to take advantage of the system. If adequate funds were given to the organizations responsible for the monitoring of these kids, maybe it wouldn't have happend.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  17. Alex Estrella

    As a veteran, it makes me sick knowing that while I am away fighting for freedom, there are people like this that are abusing children in my country. when will it end.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  18. Barbara

    These children deserve some longterm compensation to make sure they have the resources they need to cope with the longterm effects of such abuse. Are there any laws that could require that if these terrible excuses for human beings ever win the lottery or somehow come into any money that they can be forced to put it in a fund for these children? Who signed off on this adoption? Where is the culpability? These awful people should never be out on bond.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  19. lisa

    why are these monsters afforded any better treatment than they gave their children? shouldn't they be placed in dog kennels while they await thier hearing?

    why aren't you reporting the name and emall information of the judge that allowed such an attrocity? he/she is the individual we put our trust in to carry out justice. it's about time we start putting pressure on the elected officials that make a mockery of their office.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  20. Rene Ramos

    This is ridiculous, outrageous. A bail of at least one million to each of them would have been better. Things like this, should not happen. I have lost faith in the judiciary system, Shame on that judge that impose that bail. I am sure the bail would have been higher if the victims were one of his kids or family. This judge should be barred from practicing law.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  21. Ronnie

    When will the Federal Government step in? How many children need to die, starve, be abused, or ripped away from their loving families? Unfortunately, the STATES found a way to make $$$ using a law that was designed to help children. But, who is paying? THE CHILDREN. It is happening in NJ. There is a 6 yr old boy abused by a foster mother (she admitted in court that she hit the boy & the hospital ER report says "physical abuse by foster mother") & the Judge sent him back to live with her, terminated parental rights & now wants the boy adopted by this alcoholic, abusive, woman with mental & sexual problems in her background. The boy was never abused or neglected by his parents.....the charges were unfounded, they have spent over $200K to get their son back & DYFS just laughs at them.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  22. twin 90s

    we obviously are not making the quaifications difficult enough.
    I would rather have a retired grandmother who hasn't had the "proper" training, but who has raised her children to be well adjusted than to have someone who has had social services training and knows -0- about making kids happy and well adjusted.
    Make that Federal? That seems crazy but if it's the only way to go, I say go for it!

    February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  23. josh carlton

    this is a disgrace, i live in vinita, ok. im surprised that the judge in this case allowed for a bond to be set on this case. we have a few judges here in vinita, along with the district attorney, and the local police, sheriff, and state patrol. we all love kids more than anything in the world. i can assure you that if this stuff wouldve happened up here in craig county, these sick, demoralizing freaks wouldnt be walking the streets. im surprised that the dpet of human services hasnt thrown a fit to the state attorney general over this.
    these two socialpaths need to be treated the way they treated these children, this is complete udder bs, that a parent would actually treat a child like this whetehr the child be theres by blood or not. as a christian let me say the lord will deal with these people. these children may be scarred the rest of there lives, yet these adult will beable to go on with there lives after the courts sentence them. im sorry to say, but if i were on a jury that had to decide the sentence that is just for this abuse that these children endured, id have to ask for the death penalty. i have 2 lil girls of my own at home, alot of the time they get into stuff theyre not supposed to, they do things they know will get them in trouble. i can not see any justification for puttin a child into a pet carrier, burning there tongue for lying with a very hot spoon, making them eat cat and dog food. i cant see any reason a parent would want to harm an innocent child. this is sickening to hear, especially when it so close to home. to all oklahomans, and people world wide. A CHILD IS A GIFT FROM GOD, THIS GIFT IS A GIFT OF LOVE, IT IS OUR JOBS TO PROTECT, LOVE, AND TEACH THESE CHILDREN EACH AND EVERYDAY OF THERE LIVES. ABUSE IS NOT TEACHING THEM ANYTHING BUT HATERED AND FEAR.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  24. Christine

    Another horrible story of child abuse. While everyone blames the system, the system is totally understaffed.
    Obviously the adoptive parents were not investigated in depth before putting these children in their care.
    As a country we need to support programs life CASA (court appointed special advocates) a non-profit organization who enlists volunteers to follow up and check on children in foster care situations. A CASA volunteer can advocate for the childs needs and keep an eye on their safety. You can help save a child from this type of abuse especially during these trying financial times
    by becoming a part of this organization. By volunteering , supporting, or donating you can help.
    Lets look to what we can do now not wait for a law to pass so someone else will take care of it. Children need you now.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  25. joyce may

    have you not heard of the OREGON sentencing trial of admitted murderer Angela McaNULTY who just got the DEATH PENALTY for the torture murder of her 15 yr old daughter, REAL torture that continued over a period of years, Schools are so worried about Bibles and asprins, yet they let poor little Jeanette slip through the cracks, or should I say canyons of OBVIOUS abuse, Oregon Social Services should be brought up on criminal charges. My heart cries for Jeanette.
    I think the stepfather should also get the death penalty.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  26. Southgate Jo

    I have been where these children are. I am old now but the memory still burns brightly. Back then (1950's and 60's) there was no haven from the abuse. In my 20's and 30's I was bitter and mad as hell, but I never spoke about it. Today the emotional scars are still there but the years have dulled the anger. I think you eventually learn to deal with the memory. Tucking it away in a deep and dark area of your consciousness.

    These kids are going to need help. Not only short term but long term. What happened to them can never be explained to them, and they will have to come to deal with this on their own.

    For the parents.... the abuse you gave the defenseless and precious children, is a double edged sword. You are about the experience the justice system. I hope there is no sympathy for their tears, as there was no sympathy for these children. God protect the children of the world....

    February 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  27. rosewiththorns

    I've noticed that some of the posts on here are referring to these scum bags as the parents.

    Keep in mind – these are the ADOPTIVE parents. That means that the DFPS had to APPROVE THEM to adopt the children.

    The root of this evil is the DFPS for even letting them BE adoptive parents, as well as the money generating income DFPS receives for adopting the children out. Heck, DFPS got their money, why should they care what happens to the kids after they get paid?

    Unfortunately I can't post what I would like to see happen to them, but I'm sure God will handle that in due time.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  28. cfcamericadotorg

    If a person gets caught with a photos of a nude teenager, they would have a much higher bond than 9,000.00.

    If a 19 year old gets caught having sex with his 15 year old girl friend, he is charged with child sexual abuse.. much higher bond...

    How on earth can these people get a 9 thousand dollar bond?
    Citizens for Change, America

    Just google cfcamerica you will find us

    February 27, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  29. Barb

    Would someone report about the QEO that Wisconsin teachers have worked under for years? While the country was doing well, teachers could not make more that 3.8% total package increase! When insurance went up, teachers took home less money in order to keep their health insurance.

    February 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  30. Beatlearl

    If these monsters are guilty of these crimes,they should be sent straight to HELL in gasoline soaked sweat suits.And the judge that gave the $9000 bail should go right along with them.

    February 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  31. Lori

    I for one would like to know what Judge could feel the need to let these two monsters out of jail? Bail should have been set in the amount of millions!! These two didn't let those children out of their prison so why should the so called adoptive parents get out of jail. These two seem to know alot about confinement so let's see how well they can take what they saw fit to dish out.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  32. Maxine Wilson

    What type of messages are our judges sending about how we value our childeren?? $9000 was about money when they adopted these poor childeren and now the judge is saying you can roam free if you pay the price.....don't fret we will even look after you and feed you if you are convicted...Dog Food you ask...certainly not, for we would not treat you in such an inhumane way. If people want to harm you in jail...we will also put you into protective custody....yes we will be there for all your wants and needs. We will also give you a voice. People must pay the price and suffer the conequences for not listening to the voices of their biological children in the first place. When it comes to the health and welfare of any child, every department of child and family services needs to realize that they are often the last piece of the life raft these inoccent, deprived, and abused childeren have to hold onto.....not to exclude the friend, neighbor and so on who "don't want to get involed. Shame on you all. It takes a village to raise a child, so NOW is the time to get invoved before it's too late for another child.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  33. Mary Rose

    Adviser hot-line for children would cause earliest interventions upon every negative situation a child deems necessary to deal with.
    Note that this has huge potential for new "Green Career" system.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  34. Mary Rose

    My earliest prayers centered on a free hot-line adviser / intervention system that any child worldwide can connect into for assistance, advice, or just an ear.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  35. Mary Rose

    Children are misguided by imperfect, and sometimes cruel role-models. Clearly, it is the amount of fearfulness and lack of solid advocate support that keeps children quiet. I was one of the brave ones–i would've reached out for assist if the option was available - could be as simple as 505 for S.O.S. from any/every connective source. Every one always knows what they don't and do like,

    February 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  36. Kathy Day

    This is a despicablestory-why are the parents out on a $9000 bond. Why not have them the same treatment they CHOSE to keep their offspring in.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  37. Ella Flowers

    Hello, this is for, Mr. Don Lewis. My name is, Ella Flowers the mother of Rodarick Lyles, he was beat mercyful by, dpd(dallas police) and I have the dash cam disc, of the actually BEATING. I wanted you to know and the world to know that, the dallas police is Dirty. Also the sheriff department is dirty also. Mentally my son will not ever the same and physical also surgery. I have been hospitized with out of control HBP. This has to stop. I need your help. Ella Flowers, Res 214-321-4988 and cell 214- 557-3731; Please. May God Continue to Bless You, Mr. Don Lemon

    March 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  38. bob

    will some one please get clinton to run for president so we can get a leader in the white house

    April 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm |

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