Update: The story can be read here
This is breaking news out of Edgecombe County NC. You may be hearing about this story in the near future. Then again, this story is so common in today's world, that you may NOT actually hear about it. I heard it about it because it actually happened in my ex wife's family yesterday.
Last nite, while at work, around 10:30 at nite, I receive a hysterical phone call from my ex wife, with whom we have a 6 year old son together. She was crying hysterically and I began to get very nervous. I couldn't make out what she was saying, but I thought I heard the unthinkable, about our son and dying. I can't even muster the words here to say it. I was in the breakroom with other people, and I jumped out of my chair and feeling my heart being yanked out of my chest, said, "What are you talking about?"
Come to find out, it had nothing to do with our son, thank God, but instead her cousin's son. My ex wife, Carrie, had a a cousin, who several years ago, while my ex and I were still together, died of breast cancer at the age of 36, leaving behind a grieving husband and two young boys. I believe they were around 9 and 5 at the time. The father became a single parent and he was a terrific father. Absolutely doted on his two boys, picture perfect father, but obviously grieving over his deceased wife and the mother of his children. At one point he met another woman online, who lived in another state, but broke it off fairly quickly, because he still just had not gotten over his wive's death yet and did not want to compare his new love to his lost love. Didn't think it fair to anyone involved.
About a year ago, the deceased mother's family lost all contact with the boys and their father. Whenever they would try to call, the phone was either not answered or they were hung up on. All of this is hindsight but the following is what occurred.
The father DID end up meeting another woman, on eHarmony.com no less. They got married and started a new life together with her own child from a previous relationship. This woman completely isolated the family from the rest of the family, not only the children's mother's family, but also the father's own family. Everyone lost contact with them. She took them all out of the church they were attending and promptly got them attending her own church, what kind of church it was I have no idea, but apparently there was something really wrong with this church. She also took the children out of school and began home schooling the children.
Her methods of disciplining the children were extreme, and now we know, child abuse. The children had been seen, carrying cinder blocks back and forth across their farm. But no one could get any contact with anyone in the family. They totally isolated themselves from society and from family. The only contact they had was with this new church they were attending.
This would be a sad enough story if it didn't end in yet another tragedy but yesterday it did. Apparently, the oldest boy, 13, had been having behavioral problems, which if completely true, is completely understandable, he lost his mother at such a young age. Apparently, this woman and the boy's father, duck taped this 13 year old boy to a tree, in a position where he was hugging the tree and left him there all day while they went to work. All day in the heat of the day, in record breaking heat, no water no nothing.
When they returned home from work, the boy was dead!!
I wanted to subtitle this article, "How religion ruins minds and lives!" and I feel it would be entirely accurate, but I do NOT want to turn a family tragedy into yet another religious debate. I will let the facts speak for themselves.
The other two children are now in custody of social services and the two parents are in jail being charged with first degree murder of a child and felonious assault resulting in death.
What a horrible, terrible family tragedy, in a family that has already had to bear enough tragedy.
How this man could allow this to happen to his family, everyone is at a loss to comprehend. He was such a good father when everyone knew him and had contact with him and the family. There is obviously more to this story, as involves their church and brainwashing by this woman.
I will keep everyone updated on this terrible, horrible tragedy.
My ex-wife and her mother are totally distraught over this. At this point, they are not going to tell our son, who is 6 because he idolized Tyler. How do you tell a 6 year old about death, especially when it comes about through the cruelty and ignorance of others.