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Boy Who Died Locked in Cage Wrote About Wanting His Family to Like Him

 
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Boy Who Died Locked in Cage Wrote About Wanting His Family to Like Him
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GARY, Indiana -- By the time 13-year-old Christian Choate was allegedly beaten to death and buried in a shallow grave in a Gary, Ind., trailer park in 2009, his family had been getting semiregular visits from child welfare authorities for more than 10 years.

The Indiana Department of Child Services' inch-thick case file on the Choate family details more than a dozen investigations of allegations of abuse or neglect dating to 1999. In 2009, Indiana prosecutors say, Christian died after years of abuse, finally succumbing to head injuries caused by blows from his father and older sister.

Jurors Recommend Death for Couple in Child Torture Case
Christian's father, Riley Choate, and stepmother, Kimberly Kubina, were charged with murder in May after the older sister, now 17, told authorities about the boy's death.

Reports released by juvenile court officials Friday provide a portrait of the boy's short, terrifying life — and of missed opportunities to stop the alleged abuse.

Less than a year before he died, DCS records state an investigator interviewed the boy, his parents and siblings in response to a neighbor reporting Christian was kept under "house arrest."

Prosecutors allege Christian endured beatings daily and was kept locked in a 3-foot-high dog cage, where he had little to eat and often soiled himself. The DCS report, dated June 2008, says there was no evidence of neglect.

"We followed all state laws all policies and procedures, and we'll continue assessing this fatality," DCS spokeswoman Anne Houseworth said Friday.

The abuse in Christian's case was exceptional, Houseworth said Friday, but DCS staff did follow agency protocols and performed a thorough investigation of the allegations.
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By Daniel Bates

Chilling: Christian Choate, 13, wrote letters inside his tiny prison saying he just wanted his family to like him

A boy of 13 who died in a dog cage after years of alleged abuse by his parents wrote letters from the squalid prison about how he wanted his life to end.
Christian Choate wrote: ‘I want to die’ on the paper given to him by his stepmother to scribble down how he felt.
In the handwritten notes, he said he simply wanted to be liked by his family in Gary, Indiana - even if they were ‘abusing’ him.

The disturbing letters emerged as child protection authorities admitted to a catalogue of errors in the years before Christian died.

His father was accused of attacking him the year before he took sole custody of the teenager. After that, the alleged abuse only got worse.

Christian’s body was recovered last month from a shallow grave in a trailer park near Gary, Indiana where he once lived with his family.

It is thought he could have been there for two years after his father Riley Choate moved the family away and warned them not to tell anyone what had happened.

He and Christian’s stepmother Kimberly Kubina now face a string of charges including murder, neglect and obstruction of justice. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

The letters, released by the Indiana Department of Child Services, show the teenager spent most of his last year in a three-foot high dog cage.

Christian writes how he had to steal food when he was hungry because his family allegedly would not feed him.
He would only be let out to clean the house and was almost never allowed outside.

His sole means of entertainment appears to have been a pencil and pieces of paper given to him by his stepmother.‘Christian wrote of why nobody liked him and how he just wanted to be liked by his family,’ DCS records state, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Christian stated that he wanted to die because nobody liked the way he 'acted.'The records continue: Christian's writings detail a very sad, depressed child who often wondered when someone, anyone, was going to come check on him and give him food or liquid. Christian often stated he was hungry or thirsty.

Christian's writings detail a very sad, depressed child who often wondered when someone, anyone, was going to come check on him and give him food or liquid'Some of Christian’s writings were random but the records show that Kubina would give him ‘homework’ assignments with disturbing titles.

They included ‘why do you still want to see your mom?, 'why can't you let the past go?’ and 'what does it mean to be part of a family?’
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horrible outcome for the boy, may he rest in peace

very difficult no to argue for the death penalty for the so-called 'parents.'

i'm sad that i read this here; however, i'm going to give it 5 stars to enlighten people that child abuse is rampant and horrific. and all of us together can work to stop it. a call to your local children and family services is anonymous. you don't have to give a name (unless you're a mandated reporter such as a social worker or police, etc).

so: don't you be the adult who could have saved a child's life; be the adult who did.
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This is one of the many reasons I left law enforcement. God-damned red tape!

How in the fuck, in an advanced society, can something like this happen? Right under the noses of the DCS workers who were supposedly investigating his abuse!
I guess they are more interested in removing children from homes that can afford to pay fines and pay for counseling than to remove a truly abused child from a poor home that can't afford the extortion scheme!
I got to the point that if I didn't quit, I was going to start dispensing justice on the spot. I got so tired of seeing battered women and children cover for their abusers as soon as I show up......I could fucking explode reading this!
Now they're facing the death penalty???? Too fucking easy. A lethal injection is too good for these scum. I say lock them in a cage for weeks at a time....As a matter of fact, I say hook the cage up to an electric outlet and give them a little pulse every time they fall asleep.

This country is fucked. The system is broken and fails everyone it is supposed to protect.
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Some things should go unrepeated. There is no lesson here; since most humans don't do this.
Next time, try to just let it go, and don't spread such pollution.
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He's better off dead.
Let's hope he doesn't have to come back and that he is with his real family.
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[link to www.dailymail.co.uk]

By Daniel Bates

Chilling: Christian Choate, 13, wrote letters inside his tiny prison saying he just wanted his family to like him

A boy of 13 who died in a dog cage after years of alleged abuse by his parents wrote letters from the squalid prison about how he wanted his life to end.
Christian Choate wrote: ‘I want to die’ on the paper given to him by his stepmother to scribble down how he felt.
In the handwritten notes, he said he simply wanted to be liked by his family in Gary, Indiana - even if they were ‘abusing’ him.

The disturbing letters emerged as child protection authorities admitted to a catalogue of errors in the years before Christian died.

His father was accused of attacking him the year before he took sole custody of the teenager. After that, the alleged abuse only got worse.

Christian’s body was recovered last month from a shallow grave in a trailer park near Gary, Indiana where he once lived with his family.

It is thought he could have been there for two years after his father Riley Choate moved the family away and warned them not to tell anyone what had happened.

He and Christian’s stepmother Kimberly Kubina now face a string of charges including murder, neglect and obstruction of justice. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

The letters, released by the Indiana Department of Child Services, show the teenager spent most of his last year in a three-foot high dog cage.

Christian writes how he had to steal food when he was hungry because his family allegedly would not feed him.
He would only be let out to clean the house and was almost never allowed outside.

His sole means of entertainment appears to have been a pencil and pieces of paper given to him by his stepmother.‘Christian wrote of why nobody liked him and how he just wanted to be liked by his family,’ DCS records state, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Christian stated that he wanted to die because nobody liked the way he 'acted.'The records continue: Christian's writings detail a very sad, depressed child who often wondered when someone, anyone, was going to come check on him and give him food or liquid. Christian often stated he was hungry or thirsty.

Christian's writings detail a very sad, depressed child who often wondered when someone, anyone, was going to come check on him and give him food or liquid'Some of Christian’s writings were random but the records show that Kubina would give him ‘homework’ assignments with disturbing titles.

They included ‘why do you still want to see your mom?, 'why can't you let the past go?’ and 'what does it mean to be part of a family?’
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Jesus LOVES him and ALL the angels in heaven. He now knows this.
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Many of you can empathize, because it is you in that cage.
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Some things should go unrepeated. There is no lesson here; since most humans don't do this.
Next time, try to just let it go, and don't spread such pollution.
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Are you dense?
The whole point of this story is how your beloved government did nothing to help this kid!
They had an inch thick file outlining "alledged" abuses and left him there!
Wait until it happens to you or someone in your family and see if you want to just let it go you ignorant fuck!
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There's a special place in hell for people like that...
With freedom comes responsibility.

Heterosexual pride!

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There's a special place in hell for people like that...
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Are you actually showing compassion, Brief?
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horrible outcome for the boy, may he rest in peace

very difficult no to argue for the death penalty for the so-called 'parents.'

i'm sad that i read this here; however, i'm going to give it 5 stars to enlighten people that child abuse is rampant and horrific. and all of us together can work to stop it. a call to your local children and family services is anonymous. you don't have to give a name (unless you're a mandated reporter such as a social worker or police, etc).

so: don't you be the adult who could have saved a child's life; be the adult who did.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1363908


Maybe a nosey neighbor who would harrass them about it how they treated their son would have done more good in this case than calling child protective services. Typical government laziness and incompetence. Which is why if people didn't count on government, they'd have more of an individual sense of responsibility for their neighbors. Counting on government to do everything is often fatal as we see here.
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I dont really understand it. When I look at my child I have visions of splendor. Am I normal?
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I think this has to be one of the worst things I have ever read.

That poor, poor child.
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There's a special place in hell for people like that...
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Are you actually showing compassion, Brief?
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There's no reason for that shit...What, you think that because I call Africans stupid for playing in a thunderstorm when they get hit by lightening, that I have no compassion? Meh, you don't understand me at all...

Last Edited by BRIEF on 07/02/2011 01:56 PM
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Yet another example of why we dont need any government to take care of us?

We should leave these people alone, its their god given right to abuse their offspring.

The constitution is clear.
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There's a special place in hell for people like that...
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+1
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Yet another example of why we dont need any government to take care of us?

We should leave these people alone, its their god given right to abuse their offspring.

The constitution is clear.
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In what respect did the government take care of anything in this case? Is this what you think government should do - get a huge budget, pay a bunch of lazy people to do nothing? That's why we need to cut back on government - because it gets fat lazy and incompetent no matter what the situation. Government doesn't work, literally. I used to be one of those so I know from experience.
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bump

[link to ritualabuse.us]

[link to endritualabuse.org]

hf
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The government did nothing, dufus. It never does anything for our well being. Have you ever met a bureaucrat?
I taught high school in L.A. for six months. The guidance counselors nearly made me go blind with outrage and disbelief. The entire administration was insane. They collected a paycheck, nothing else.
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People can be out right sick. I am sure there are people out there like myself who wish things can be done of wish they could do something to stop such atrocities.
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This is truly sad...

As a mandated reporter, I have reported abuse cases to Child Protective Svcs and to Adult Pro. Svcs., and I can assure you...this system of child/vulnerable adult protection, is in long-overdue, immediate need of a massive overhaul. Too many rights for the perps, too much red tape in these administrations.

This poor, poor, boy...heart breaking :(
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this is so sad.

RIP Christian

hf
What I find fantastic is any notion that there are answers beyond the realm of science. The answers are there. You just have to know where to look.

We're all gonna die. The only question is when & how you check out. Do you want it on your feet? Or on your knees... begging?! I ain't much for begging! Nobody ever gave me nothing!
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what a horror. that poor dear boy. what a fkg world we live in.
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There's a special place in hell for people like that...
 Quoting: BRIEF


Are you actually showing compassion, Brief?
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There's no reason for that shit...What, you think that because I call Africans stupid for playing in a thunderstorm when they get hit by lightening, that I have no compassion? Meh, you don't understand me at all...
 Quoting: BRIEF


Just askin'
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There's a special place in hell for people like that...
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Are you actually showing compassion, Brief?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1452137


There's no reason for that shit...What, you think that because I call Africans stupid for playing in a thunderstorm when they get hit by lightening, that I have no compassion? Meh, you don't understand me at all...
 Quoting: BRIEF


Just askin'
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1452137


Then the answer is yes...the problem with allowing too much emotion is that it will lead to making bad decisions like voting for Democrats...The complete lack of emotion is also bad...Balance in all things...
With freedom comes responsibility.

Heterosexual pride!

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That's really truly horribly sad. What can be said except that this world needs more love.
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Bureaucratic degeneration.
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This is one of the many reasons I left law enforcement. God-damned red tape!

How in the fuck, in an advanced society, can something like this happen? Right under the noses of the DCS workers who were supposedly investigating his abuse!
I guess they are more interested in removing children from homes that can afford to pay fines and pay for counseling than to remove a truly abused child from a poor home that can't afford the extortion scheme!
I got to the point that if I didn't quit, I was going to start dispensing justice on the spot. I got so tired of seeing battered women and children cover for their abusers as soon as I show up......I could fucking explode reading this!
Now they're facing the death penalty???? Too fucking easy. A lethal injection is too good for these scum. I say lock them in a cage for weeks at a time....As a matter of fact, I say hook the cage up to an electric outlet and give them a little pulse every time they fall asleep.

This country is fucked. The system is broken and fails everyone it is supposed to protect.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1382344


Hey at least your showing you have a heart. I wonder about some of the people I read posting horrible things, supporting liars and the narcisists who make things worse. There are a lot of things wrong here in this world not just this country, and people either seem to be apathetic or they want it that way, I don't know why, but I try to be a good person. I'm just tired.

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