September 9, 2009

Boy Hidden Behind Wall Remains in State Custody

Okay this is scary as heck. A boy who was hidden behind a wall by his mother remains in state custody today, after authorities figured out the boy was being hidden in a secret room whenever anyone came around, so nobody would know he was there.

The mother had lost custody of the boy and all rights to see him about two years ago, and then disappeared along with the kid. The mother and grandmother are apparently claiming that the father was abusive so they had no choice but to take these extreme measures, but the authorities seem to have found no evidence to support that, and are siding with the dad by all appearances.

Whatever the whole story is, it's clearly an unhealthy situation for the boy hidden who was behind the wall, so perhaps he should remain in state custody until it all gets sorted out. Hopefully sanity can prevail somehow for his sake.

Boy Hidden Behind Wall Remains in State Custody
abc news

A 6-year-old boy whose mother is accused of hiding him in a crawl space for nearly two years whenever visitors arrived will remain in state custody while he gets counseling meant to eventually reunite him with his father.

Boy Hidden Behind Wall Remains in State Custody

Posted at September 9, 2009 6:12 AM

Shame on her! There's no way in hell you can convince me that this mother was "doing what's best" for her son! Hiding him in a crawlspace? Keeping him in seclusion for what should be his early years of growth and maturity? SHE lost custody for a reason, this was simply a case of sore loser!


Posted by: shelly at September 9, 2009 10:41 AM

and she wonders why she lost custody.....

Posted by: janem at September 9, 2009 10:59 AM

don't be too quick to judge, a mother protecting her child will go to all lengths....there are some smooth talking men out there that say they are good dads until the door is closed...maybe she did this because no one would's happened before...

Posted by: paula at September 9, 2009 11:59 AM

Never question what a mother would do the protect her child, we don't know what was going on in her household, or why she felt she had to hide that child, lets face it CPS is not really doing their job, most of the time when CPS gets involve it's too late, I say check out both parents, a lot of times there is no evidence when a child is abused, and CPS can't do anything. I pray that it's not true.

Posted by: Linda H. at September 9, 2009 12:10 PM

why is everyone so damn concerned what the mothers intentions were doesnt anyone care about this little boy he is probably traumatized by all of this and thank god he is out of that place. Its a goods thing he is in states custody at least he is not being punished by being put in a room or closet to be hidden from people. The boy is probably so happy to be away from his mother he dont care where he is put as long as its not with her!!!

Posted by: joan at September 9, 2009 12:46 PM

I agree that CPS does NOT do all they can to protect children in some situations... But for a mother to subject her child to this extreme behavior is horrendous. A mother is supposed to LOVE you as well as protect you from All harm. My question would be WHY this mother lost custody in the first place. No Judge would take a child from it's mother without a Very compelling reason(s). I think her actions prove that the judges decision to remove the child from her care is justified.

Posted by: Ann R. at September 9, 2009 1:02 PM

ok simple fact what she did was wrong you could never convince me otherwise. I don't know what was going on in her house you are correct but there are different ways of going about things. As a matter of CPS they are not really there to help you most of the time they are to busy working on cases that should be open and closed but they just drag them out when you have people like this mother and drug addicts walking the street that are never investigated! it's sickining really what this world has come to!

Posted by: jenn at September 9, 2009 3:35 PM

I say, check out both parents...mother lost custody but yet she was hiding him...WHY? So let's digg a lil deeper and pray for the child's recovery that all he gets placed with a loving family.

Posted by: SLD at September 9, 2009 3:40 PM

Ok, I was one of those kids whose mother lost custody, then took us and hid us, not behind some wall, but out in the country. Every time a car came up the road, we had to hide in a closet with her holding a gun in case it was my dad or the authorities. She lost custody for a reason. When really concerned parents hide with their children, its NOT behind a wall and most of those kids lead a semi normal life. THIS WAS NOT EVEN SEMI NORMAL. I know that boy now has some issues. I can tell you it messed us kids up.

Posted by: tj at September 9, 2009 3:58 PM

i've had dealings with cps regarding my niece and as part of my work as a home health nurse doing well-baby checkups in the community. i can tell you that i am not impressed with this agency, even making allowances for being overworked ,understaffed, and handcuffed with regulations.
i am the one who called cps regarding my niece and took her to the doctor, etc. they came after me for abuse! never mind the drunken, drug-addicted boyfriend of my ex-sis-in-law. at work - they would wait weeks to check a case and then rebuke the home health agency fof making alse claims.
this story didn't say that the little boy was kept in the wall all the time, just when someone visited. maybe this mom is not very sophisticated or educated but her heart was in the right place. now that this case is out in the open, a better, more thorough investigatin needs done. probably all this mother needs is some education and guidance and reassurance. if the father isn't abusive then maybe some counseling is needed for both parents. maybe there arae cultural difference here that we aren't aware of. the best thing is to help these people achieve a strong family relationship.

Posted by: sue at September 11, 2009 2:52 PM

Everyone has a right to their opinions, but let me tell you that I am going through a custody case right now. My husband is a BAD alcoholic and Very abusive in every way you can think of. He not only has abused me he has also abused my son. He drinks and drives EVERY day. I have called numerous police depts. to report when he was drunk and driving and they never took me serious because I was his wife and they thought I was just mad at him and wanted him arrested. Even though I have pictures of the abuse and my son is terrified of his father, there is still the chance that he might get some type of custody. That scares me so bad, because I got a call from the highway patrol that they had found him passed out on a highway, and they thought he was dead. Now what if my son had been with him? I'm not saying she was right , but I am saying you shouldn't judge unless you know ALL the facts. I just hope and pray that the little one is protected by SOMEONE!

Posted by: Mo. mom at September 13, 2009 3:20 AM

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