This story is about 11 children found in a home that lived almost two dozen people! When police came to the house on a physical abuse call to a child they walked in and investigated the house. The 8 out of 11 children were all staying in the back room that had the windows boarded up with ply wood and there were zero lights in the room. It was 2:00 PM but the room appeared to be as dark as 2:00 AM. The children ranged from a 4 month old infant to 11 years old. Some of the children were put in restraints to stay in their beds, some were held with leash type straps so that they were only allowed to go a certain distance from their beds, and none of the older children attended school. Also the 2 infants that were living at the house were taken to the local hospital because they had signs of Pneumonia and poor living quality. All the children have been removed from the house because of this situation and that the adults they were living with were unsafe.
The children all had the same legal guardian, Tanda Marsh-Smith, and most of them were her grandchildren. In the 1980s when Marsh-Smith had her grandchildren living with her, the children got taken away because she was also previously accused of physical and sexual abuse to her grandchildren. Why they would allow her to have more children is beyond me. Also living in the house was Marsh-Smith’s son who was 34 years old. He was also a registered sex offender who had the permanent address the same as the 11 children but he was not at the home when police showed up. Great environment and role models for these children.
The 10 adults that live in this home that were there at the time got interviewed and none of them saw any problem with the way the children have been treated! The reasoning behind the restraints on the children was because it was for their safety. I don’t think safety is supposed to mean isolated especially for young innocent children. When the police were at the house they made no arrests This alone blows my mind. These people have treated these children so poorly and have ruined the “learning years” of their lives, yet they are still sitting at their home where the children once lived! The officer said they are bringing it to the Grand Jury but the time between the children being taken out and the time that they will have to go to court, they can run. Run so that they aren’t found and they can go on with their normal lives. I think the officer in this situation took the easy way out because I do believe that every one of those adults should be at least in jail for holding until their court date.
One has to wonder about the judgment of these adults, whether it be the role of the grandmother, uncle, or even other adults coexisting in the chaos. When the police questioned the adults and everyone deemed the situation fault should have been given to these adults as well. The endangerment of the child, the health of these children is extremely questionable and even their development. It is also extremely strange and a huge red flag that any children were put back in this woman’s care. Does the state not check? Where are the employees of the state that are supposed to assist in preventing these situations? What about a parole officer or something for this 34 year old man who is a registered sex offender? What a disgusting joke for a set up. There has to be some sort of expectation by these individuals, but a large expectation from the state as well. There becomes a fine line and that I understand is perceived opinion-but when children are living in quarters that animals wouldn’t be able to label healthy is a problem. Also, were they getting food stamps or any other type of government aid due to this many children? There should be some sort of result from that as well. We may hold individuals to a certain standard, but the police that came and were able to investigate without any arrests makes me nervous for what other faulty decisions could have been made and potentially answers the question of where was the state. There is paperwork and signatures required for everything these days-how were almost a dozen children all connected in one way shape or form lost amongst the system? What standards are we actually holding others too? As a neighbor how would you feel knowing this occurred next door?