O'Fallon Father Pleads Not Guilty to Locking Autistic Son in Urine-Soaked Cage

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Terry and Victoria Smith
Terry G. Smith of O'Fallon says he is not guilty of keeping his six-year-old autistic son naked and covered in excrement in what police describe as a crude, makeshift cage.

Smith and his wife, Victoria, were charged with felony child endangerment when an anonymous tip to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline spurred a police investigation into their St. Charles County home.

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The Smith house in O'Fallon.
In 2010 the O'Fallon Police Department found the six-year-old boy in the basement, trapped in a three-foot-by-six-foot plywood cage held together with zip ties, tension straps and bungee cords, according to the probable-cause statement.

Three years later, Terry Smith has entered his official not guilty plea, and his wife Victoria is still awaiting arraignment, according to KMOX. The couple is scheduled to stand trial in March 2014.

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Details about the child's rescue are sickening and heart-breaking. The child's five siblings -- ranging in age from eleven months to eight years old -- say they fed him hot dogs and chicken nuggets through the bars of his cage.

Terry and Victoria Smith were not at home when first responders arrived, and it took three hours to track them down. An older relative was watching the six children, although she said she had a difficult time looking after them since she was recovering from a stroke.

The home was unsanitary and cluttered, police said, and doorknobs to children's rooms had been installed backward to allow the parents to lock their children in from the outside.

Continue reading for the complete probable-cause statement.


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Shane Smith
Shane Smith

I would assume you are talking to me Rich. I always get a kick out of people like you. The person that verbally attacks and name calls from their smart phones or computers. My issue with the article was the way RFT worded it, “Having a great day? Let us ruin it for you." I don't support this kind of behavior towards children, adults or animals. So you can save the attitude and name calling for the people you care about. Not the people you've never met.

Rich Widener
Rich Widener

You don't HAVE to read a damn thing. It doesn't change the fact that children and animals are hurt every day. Its called awareness, put your head in the sand and hind from the facts if you want. We need to know about such terrible thing so we can look out for people and animals that need help. Go watch Disney movies Jerk

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

...being watched by an elderly woman recouping from a stroke no doubt... makes me envision Cloris Leachman from Bad Santa near comatose in a Lazyboy. Would be funny if not so tragic.

Dennis Hanson
Dennis Hanson

Don't sound like any of the kids were taken care of very well!

Jenn Laskie
Jenn Laskie

Very sad. My child has Autism and he's a complete joy and happy child. Its the parents failure to get the child what he needs in therapy and education. So he punishes the child. Sickening.

Rose Black
Rose Black

HOW IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY WHEN THEY FOUND YOUR CHILD IN A CAGE!!!!! I say bring back the Guillotine for all the abusers,rapists, child molesters, animal abusers, and just plain thug murderers... it is beyond time. They have no respect for human life or poor innocent animal life so why should our tax dollars go to keep them imprisoned for the rest of their lives!?!? I say OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!!

Andrea Mager
Andrea Mager

That's horrible! Yes don't have kids if you can't handle them!

Norma Cole Sosko
Norma Cole Sosko

Let the parents roam in general population! They wouldn't last too long.

Shane Smith
Shane Smith

Thanks for the positive news. Why do we need to read this shit?

Sue Kasen
Sue Kasen

Some people are just plain wacked out. It is too bad that the taxpayers have to pay for them to sit in jail for yrs before going to trial and getting their just reward. I hope the kids are adjusting to their new found freedom.

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

That's exactly where the father should spend the rest of his life.

Heather Banks
Heather Banks

Sick people! Don't have kids if you can't handle them.

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