A sheriff’s department in a small town outside of Chicago got a report that a little girl was being held captive in a box. The deputies hoped and prayed it wasn’t true, but as they investigated they discovered the report was accurate.
Nine people have been arrested when police found a 3-year-old girl was being kept in a plywood box in the home. Two of the people arrested were the girl’s father, Christopher Short, 25, and his wife Donna, 42. A third adult living in the home, Patricia Meeks, 18, was arrested for not reporting the abuse. Five more teens were also arrested for failure to report.
Instead of a babysitter, the little girl would be kept in the large plywood box that had been lined with a mat and filthy bed sheets. Police arrived and found the box. When they opened it, the little girl was curled up inside. The bottom of the box was littered with dead insects.
“Never seen anything like this,” said Sheriff Jeffrey Richwine. “Hopefully this is not true. Nobody’s going to have a small girl in a box, that’s just not going to happen.’ And you go there, when they say it, you just don’t believe it. You’re thinking, ‘My God, who would do this?’”
Frank Jackson, the toddler’s grandfather, says he’s furious. Short has refused to let him see his grandchildren in recent years. “What kind of health issues are my grandkids going to have later in the future because of this? It could affect them for life. I pray not,” said Jackson. “We would love and care for them kids in a flat minute.”
The little girl and other juvenile dependents living in the home have been put in the custody of child services for the time being.