Story that broke over the weekend, and now seems to be national news, back in my old neck of the woods:
Neighbor helped mother clean feces-covered room after Jarrod Tutko Jr.'s death | PennLive.com
I actually lived about three blocks from this house (from 2009-2010), and about six blocks away from 2008-2009, so I know the area pretty well. in fact, it's creepy to GoogleMaps the 2100 block of Green Street, and the first thing I see (across Maclay street) is the laundromat where I typically did my laundry every week. So yeah, this happened within a block of where I did my laundry.
Green Street's a weird street in Harrisburg, running parallel to the river. It's not a "danger level" of the degree of the shady parts of Baltimore [as a comparison between the two cities, Harrisburg's "Rush Hour" amounts to about 40 minutes of heavy traffic on a 2-3 lane highway for a stretch of 7-8 miles, while Baltimore has four lanes of traffic with a rush hour wrapping for miles around the city and runs from about 3-6pm; I kinda laugh now at areas that used to scare me in Harrisburg], but it's one of the places where you can feel safe walking for one block down the street, then feel the need to cut over a street and then cut back another two blocks down "just in case." So some blocks are inhabited by more upscale urban dwellers looking for urban charm, and some blocks are lived in by squatters and low economic class from month to month. You get a wide degree of income class levels on this street, which runs the length of the city.
Rather than being purposefully abusive, it sounds more to me like parents who did not have the money or energy to care for so many disabled children in one home (realistically -- I have had one special needs kid with physical, not mental, problems to deal with, and it was exhausting) and yet tried... and these kids should have really been placed in full-time care facilities. And I don't know if the exhaustion and stress contributed, but the dad made some poor decisions / deteriorated to the point where the son died and then he continued to make bad decisions about how to handle it.
More disconcerting is that they were investigated back in December 2013, but services were terminated -- i.e., they pulled back out and said everything was okay. I have a hard time imagining everything went to hell in the space of seven months, even if the original charge that brought Child Services out found that allegation to not be credible. And the parents apparently had three children with severe disabilities (out of six). I can't imagine how they could have bourne up under that in those conditions, even the thought of it sounds overwhelming to me, having raised three kids, one of them with physical disabilities that left him in need of daily treatment and a host of medication.
Dauphin County investigated alleged abuse at Tutko home last year | PennLive.com
Not even sure what question I'm trying to answer here.... just vocalizing...