Sad day when Animals better parents than many humans

2014-11-13-ColoradoAbuse-1 2014-11-13-ColoradoAbuse-2Father of boys found in squalid Denver home pleads guilty to abuse

DENVER (Reuters) – A father of four malnourished boys found living amid cat feces in a squalid Denver home and unable to speak except by grunts pleaded guilty on Thursday to felony child abuse, prosecutors said.

Wayne Sperling, 66, was arrested last year along with his common-law wife, Lorinda Bailey, after authorities discovered the boys, aged 2, 4, 5 and 6, living in a filthy apartment teeming with flies. Sperling pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse, second offense, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Bailey, 36, pleaded guilty in August to one count of child abuse and was sentenced last week to 90 days in jail and five years of probation. Prosecutors had argued that Bailey deserved a maximum seven-year prison sentence because she and Sperling had previously lost custody of two other children over similar neglect charges.

Authorities were alerted to the boys’ plight when Bailey took the 2-year-old to an emergency room with a cut on his forehead, according to an affidavit filed by Denver police. The treating physician noted that the toddler was filthy, non-verbal, and reeked of cigarette smoke.

A social worker and a police officer then visited the couple’s apartment in east Denver and found Sperling at home with his three older sons, the affidavit said. The home was littered with cat feces and permeated by an “unbearable” stench, the affidavit said.

The responding officer said the three boys uttered “infant-like noises.” “Sperling stated the children have their own language and grunt at each other but were able to speak to him and Bailey,” the affidavit said. Sperling told police that he was unemployed and was the primary caregiver for his sons.

A pediatrician who later examined the children found all the boys were malnourished, had “very poor and delayed” verbal skills, had not been toilet trained, and lacked up-to-date immunization records, the affidavit said. The four boys are now living together in foster care.

Sperling, who was found competent after undergoing a mental evaluation, is set to be sentenced next month and faces up to seven years in prison.

Sexually Violent Predator and Pedophile

2014-11-12-Gary_Snavely-VSP-1State again proposes placing Child Predator in San Diego County

Posted: Nov 12, 2014 8:38 PM CST Updated: Nov 12, 2014 8:38 PM CST
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The Department of State Hospitals Wednesday proposed housing sexually violent predator and pedophile Gary Snavely in Jacumba Hot Springs.

In August, a judge determined that Snavely, 51, could be safely released in San Diego County as long as he continued to get treatment. Public comment related to his release from prison will be accepted at a Dec. 19 court hearing. Last month, officials proposed placing Snavely in Borrego Springs, but that plan was withdrawn.

Snavely was convicted in 1987 of molesting two Orange County girls younger than 10 and served three years in prison. He was released, but violated his parole and was returned to prison.
In 1996 while living in San Diego after his release, Snavely was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 16 months behind bars.

Prior to his release from prison, the District Attorney’s Office filed a petition to civilly commit Snavely as a sexually violent predator. In 1998, Snavely was found to be an SVP and was ordered to undergo treatment at a state mental hospital.

 In 2008, the court granted Snavely’s request for conditional release, but he was returned to the hospital several months later for medication misuse.

In April, Snavely filed a petition for conditional release, which Judge Louis Hanoian granted after hearing testimony from two mental health experts and reviewing reports from other experts.

Members of the public can comment on Snavely’s proposed placement in Jacumba Hot Springs by going to the court hearing on Dec. 19 or do the following by Nov. 21:

— email to sdsafesheriff.org;

— call (858) 495-3619; or

— send mail to SVP Release/SAFE Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA, 92123.