Child found chained up in home

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Police found a child restrained in a southeast Memphis home Thursday.

Police say a girl inside the home called them and said her brother was chained up. Officers arrived and found an 8-year-old boy restrained inside the home.

Neighbors say the girl got a hold of a cellphone when her mother went to the grocery store.

Valerie Golden lives nearby and said her son played at the home and returned home to say the children there were hungry and one boy was chained to a fence one day and locked inside a shed another.

"My son has been telling me these kids are starving and they're in the house with nothing to eat," she said.

Golden said she told a police officer who lives in their neighborhood that her son saw the kids chained up in the backyard, but couldn't get him to listen to her and no one could ever find proof.

"Me and neighbors around the corner have been trying to get this out and no one would listen to us."

The parent's uncle also lives at the home, and denied any children were restrained.

"For them being chained, I never saw that type of demonstration or nothing," Calvin Hutchins said.

Neighbors say the family moved from Chicago with most of the children. They also say kids talked about the horrors in the home, but that it was hard to believe. Most said the parents appeared to be good people.

"We've all done foster care, family events in the neighborhood. So I dunno," Barbara McKinley said.

Authorities aren't releasing many details since a child is involved, but a WREG team witnessed officers remove the boy from the home.

The boy is now in DCS custody. Police have not arrested anyone as of yet.

Several other children were also removed from the home Thursday night.

No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

From DCS mid-day July 4:

DCS investigators and social workers are actively involved in this complicated case.  We have taken steps to find a safe placement for the children and to make sure that we take care of their needs.

Our staff is researching family histories, and we are checking with our counterparts in another state. We are also checking our records to see if the family may have served as foster parents for DCS or any other agency in the past, but at this time, it does not appear that any of the children were in foster care at the time of this incident.


    • Judy

      You are so right some pepole do it just to get paid. That is not a reason to foster. They should get a stiff sentence for this and should not be able to be left with children at all.

    • canadianwhiskeygirl

      I honestly thInk thats why most ppl want to foster chIldren. as I was,told Its a $$$ busIness

  • Judy

    There needs to more background checks on people who are allowed to foster. Mental evaluation also. To many stories of children being abused in foster care. This is such a disgrace that these children are put into homes like this.

  • Sue

    Due to neighbors admitting to knowing about the child being starved and chained to the fence will they be prosecuted?

    • Gonebabygone

      They didn’t seem to think it was odd behavior or any reason to contact authorities.

      Memphis, this is why we can’t have nice things.

    • jeanina_o8

      They should be I don’t understand how anyone can do this to a child and when you know something like that is going on and don’t do anything your just as guilty as the person who locked the chains.

    • Joe Bo

      Ok, I was thinking thats how the police got on the scene. They were only wittness in the article. Anyways, soo sadd.

  • Crystal

    I think the neighbors are very guilty of something…I cannot imagine not reporting seeing a child chained to a fence…this is way out of line.

  • DetlaEB

    I personally would like Fosters be eliminated and bring back the childrens’ homes. Remember the Baptist Childrens Home? A great place for the youth to stay while problems were worked out and they could return to their parents. They were safe, too. That street is with3 miles of me and if I had seen a child restrained in chains- I would have called the authorities in a heartbeat.

    • DetlaEB

      And find out who that officer was and put that sucker in jail. Aren’t Police officers supposed to protect children? Put pictures on news and in the papers,-names-etc .Send the story to the Daily Mail – it will then go WORLD WIDE… Spare nothing. I’m frosted as you can see.

  • AVP

    This story is really sad. The law requires anyone with knowledge of abuse to report it. Being a foster parent is not a business. In reality, a real foster poster gives more to the children in their care because of the cost of living. The foster parent should be given a maximum sentence because foster kids are already dealing with issues not to mention having to add additional issues to them. If it is true the police would not listen, this is a concern which should have been taken further to help protect these kids.

  • Tanya

    You were supposed to be helping kids not hurting them yes I believe whoever is responsible should due jail time ! Do what u we’re getting paid to do. Take good care of the kids if u choose to become a foster parent now we have another kids who is emotionally scarred .

  • David

    Sign of the times folks…sign of the times. Let’s all learn from this tragedy and take much better care of our own children.

  • marjori e

    I think people who abuse kids are animals and should be caged. Like the animals they are. Love them don’t hate

  • austinandjustin

    Did the people blaming the neighbors read the entire article? It states that a policeman was notified and nothing happened. It also states that the neighbors tried to get the information out and no one was listening.

    I hope the children will be okay. Foster parents and biological parents who have complaints filed against them should have home visits and the police should talk to the children without the adults being present. The word of the adult shouldn’t be taken at face value.

    • marjori e

      I worked for casa i know adults lye people not married should be able to be foster parents

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