Foster parents allege foul play

Date: 2004-06-20
Source: sptimes.com

Facing child abuse charges, Arthur and Lori Allain say they are the victims of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and the lies of the siblings they took in.

By ROBERT KING
Published June 20, 2004

SPRING HILL - Arthur and Lori Allain say the girl they are accused of keeping locked up and deprived of food came to them four years ago weighing 22 pounds, so small she could wear toddler clothes even though she was 61/2 years old.

They say the girl they took in as a foster child was already malnourished, suffering the effects of what appeared to be fetal alcohol syndrome and was dealing with the effects of past sexual abuse.

The Allains say they took good care of the girl, giving her three meals a day and providing medical care. They say they were victimized by lies the girl and her brother told, lies they say were believed by a Hernando County Sheriff's Office with a vendetta against them.

That is how Arthur Allain Jr., 46, and his wife Lori, 47, responded Saturday to questions about the aggravated child abuse and neglect charges filed against them Friday.

The charges came a little more than a month after the girl, now 10, was removed from the Allains' home at 14327 Hurricane Drive, northwest of Brooksville.

At the time, the girl weighed 29 pounds.

Hernando County Sheriff's spokesman Joe Paez, who saw pictures detectives shot when the girl was first taken, said her cheeks appeared hollow, her eyes sunken and her skin draped over her bones so that her ribs were exposed.

"The child was extremely undernourished," Paez said.

The report written by Detective Tom Banks said the girl told of being locked in her room and unable to get out, and that she was given a paint bucket to use as a toilet.

She told of being given only spoonfuls of food at meals and said her 14-year-old brother would sneak food to her at night because she was hungry. The brother said his sister would be kept in the room for days, Banks wrote.

The Allains, who were released Friday on $10,000 bail each, said Saturday at their daughter's Spring Hill home that the girl asked for the door lock. They said the reason was her natural brother, whom the family also took in, kept coming into her room in the middle of the night.

The Allains said the girl told them her brother had threatened to kill her if she discussed his night visits. They said they put the lock on the door to protect her.

Previously, they had told investigators the lock was to keep her brother from sneaking her food.

The Allains said the girl had an eating disorder and that she would gorge herself to the point of vomiting, a byproduct, they said, of the treatment in her original home.

"They were starved so bad when they were first born and all those years with their mother," said Arthur Allain, a truck driver whose friends know him as Tommy. "It was like a puppy. A puppy doesn't know when to stop eating."

Lori Allain told investigators that a pediatrician in Largo ordered a strict diet of three meals per day, plus snacks that are not sweet. The girl was to drink several glasses of milk a day as well as the dietary supplement Ensure.

But investigators said they found no evidence the child had been examined by a doctor in two years.

Banks reported that a gastroenterologist, two psychologists and a pediatrician examined the girl and found no eating disorder. Nurses at All Children's Hospital told investigators the girl had been eating well, without vomiting and has begun to gain weight. The doctor leading the child protection team said her problems were the result of long-term neglect.

The Allains, who had the girl for four years, said that allegation is puzzling.

Last November, when the girl's brother returned from a stint in juvenile detention, the Department of Children and Families examined their home and deemed it suitable for the boy to return to the Allains' custody. DCF could not be reached for comment Saturday.

The Allains said authorities have overstated the girl's poor condition and that just days before she was taken away, she registered at 34 pounds on a scale at a Publix store.

The Allains' four natural sons - robust boys ages 10 to 15 - were present as their parents talked about the case Saturday. A judge had put them in the temporary custody of their adult sister because of the nature of the charges.

However, the boys and their parents have been living with the sister for several weeks while their home on Hurricane Drive is remodeled. That arrangement continued Saturday.

Like their parents, the boys agreed that the girl was well fed. In many cases, they said she ate more food than they could put away.

The boys also backed up their parents' comments that the girl's bedroom door was locked only at night and that their foster siblings - the 10-year-old girl and her brother - were prone to lie.

Arthur and Lori Allain said the foster children's stressful childhoods with their birth mother have turned them into "perpetual liars."

The Allains said they knew the children when they were still with their birth mother. Records show a court terminated the mother's parental rights.

The Allains also said they have concerns about the Sheriff's Office's motivation in the case. The abuse and neglect charges are the culmination of a vendetta that began when the Allains complained of police brutality in January, they said.

The Allains said deputies investigating a youth altercation stepped on, choked and beat their four natural sons.

"We're going to hang Hernando County one way or another," Arthur Allain said. "They cannot get away with abusing children just because they are cops."

Paez, the spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said he was unaware of any abuse complaints, but would look into the matter further Monday. Still, Paez said, it was the State Attorney's Office, rather than the Sheriff's Office, that issued the warrants in the case against the parents.Foster parents allege foul play

Facing child abuse charges, Arthur and Lori Allain say they are the victims of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and the lies of the siblings they took in.

By ROBERT KING
Published June 20, 2004

SPRING HILL - Arthur and Lori Allain say the girl they are accused of keeping locked up and deprived of food came to them four years ago weighing 22 pounds, so small she could wear toddler clothes even though she was 61/2 years old.

They say the girl they took in as a foster child was already malnourished, suffering the effects of what appeared to be fetal alcohol syndrome and was dealing with the effects of past sexual abuse.

The Allains say they took good care of the girl, giving her three meals a day and providing medical care. They say they were victimized by lies the girl and her brother told, lies they say were believed by a Hernando County Sheriff's Office with a vendetta against them.

That is how Arthur Allain Jr., 46, and his wife Lori, 47, responded Saturday to questions about the aggravated child abuse and neglect charges filed against them Friday.

The charges came a little more than a month after the girl, now 10, was removed from the Allains' home at 14327 Hurricane Drive, northwest of Brooksville.

At the time, the girl weighed 29 pounds.

Hernando County Sheriff's spokesman Joe Paez, who saw pictures detectives shot when the girl was first taken, said her cheeks appeared hollow, her eyes sunken and her skin draped over her bones so that her ribs were exposed.

"The child was extremely undernourished," Paez said.

The report written by Detective Tom Banks said the girl told of being locked in her room and unable to get out, and that she was given a paint bucket to use as a toilet.

She told of being given only spoonfuls of food at meals and said her 14-year-old brother would sneak food to her at night because she was hungry. The brother said his sister would be kept in the room for days, Banks wrote.

The Allains, who were released Friday on $10,000 bail each, said Saturday at their daughter's Spring Hill home that the girl asked for the door lock. They said the reason was her natural brother, whom the family also took in, kept coming into her room in the middle of the night.

The Allains said the girl told them her brother had threatened to kill her if she discussed his night visits. They said they put the lock on the door to protect her.

Previously, they had told investigators the lock was to keep her brother from sneaking her food.

The Allains said the girl had an eating disorder and that she would gorge herself to the point of vomiting, a byproduct, they said, of the treatment in her original home.

"They were starved so bad when they were first born and all those years with their mother," said Arthur Allain, a truck driver whose friends know him as Tommy. "It was like a puppy. A puppy doesn't know when to stop eating."

Lori Allain told investigators that a pediatrician in Largo ordered a strict diet of three meals per day, plus snacks that are not sweet. The girl was to drink several glasses of milk a day as well as the dietary supplement Ensure.

But investigators said they found no evidence the child had been examined by a doctor in two years.

Banks reported that a gastroenterologist, two psychologists and a pediatrician examined the girl and found no eating disorder. Nurses at All Children's Hospital told investigators the girl had been eating well, without vomiting and has begun to gain weight. The doctor leading the child protection team said her problems were the result of long-term neglect.

The Allains, who had the girl for four years, said that allegation is puzzling.

Last November, when the girl's brother returned from a stint in juvenile detention, the Department of Children and Families examined their home and deemed it suitable for the boy to return to the Allains' custody. DCF could not be reached for comment Saturday.

The Allains said authorities have overstated the girl's poor condition and that just days before she was taken away, she registered at 34 pounds on a scale at a Publix store.

The Allains' four natural sons - robust boys ages 10 to 15 - were present as their parents talked about the case Saturday. A judge had put them in the temporary custody of their adult sister because of the nature of the charges.

However, the boys and their parents have been living with the sister for several weeks while their home on Hurricane Drive is remodeled. That arrangement continued Saturday.

Like their parents, the boys agreed that the girl was well fed. In many cases, they said she ate more food than they could put away.

The boys also backed up their parents' comments that the girl's bedroom door was locked only at night and that their foster siblings - the 10-year-old girl and her brother - were prone to lie.

Arthur and Lori Allain said the foster children's stressful childhoods with their birth mother have turned them into "perpetual liars."

The Allains said they knew the children when they were still with their birth mother. Records show a court terminated the mother's parental rights.

The Allains also said they have concerns about the Sheriff's Office's motivation in the case. The abuse and neglect charges are the culmination of a vendetta that began when the Allains complained of police brutality in January, they said.

The Allains said deputies investigating a youth altercation stepped on, choked and beat their four natural sons.

"We're going to hang Hernando County one way or another," Arthur Allain said. "They cannot get away with abusing children just because they are cops."

Paez, the spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said he was unaware of any abuse complaints, but would look into the matter further Monday. Still, Paez said, it was the State Attorney's Office, rather than the Sheriff's Office, that issued the warrants in the case against the parents.

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you know whats really

you know whats really pathetic is that im the girl who they did this to, and they lie so muc. my brother would have never harmed me nor did he ever come to me they did it so nobody was aware of my presence, and because theyre sick.

13 years later and it still

13 years later and it still effects me. the way people look at me and treat me. i don't want pity from anyone. in truth its made me strongest ruined opportunities for me but still, I've managed the worst things in life so easily because of you id say thank you but why should . its not a gift its a curse, but now im starting to find blood relatives again i never lost contact with my brother but they took away from him what good he could have been. he changed and i hate the Allains for it no i don't hate then i envy them. i found them on Facebook this past month of December and i see they're happy still together as a "family" with children. i stop and think its not fair they don't deserve to have a smile on their faces and an authentic one at that and sadly i know the difference between a true smile and a cover up smile, only the youngest wears that smile, and the son he has its an adorable baby i admit and its not his fault but i look at it in disgust and he was named after the sons father too. i couldn't take it. it made me angry and i broke down crying. because ill never get to have that with MY family. because of them.

Because of Them

I recognize a lot of my own anger and resentment in your words.  In earlier posts, (back when PPL first started), my own blog pieces dripped with hate-filled venom.  I not only hated the smiles on former Afamily member's faces, I hated the smiles on others.  I saw outsiders - strangers - as Normal People -- people not at all like me.  I would hate sitting among strangers because I knew I myself could not laugh, could not smile, like them -- the clueless annoying Normal People with normal (non-abusive, non-dysfunctional, not F'ed up adoptive parents and adopted extended family members).

Like you, I never wanted pity.  What I wanted was never to have been put in that family... I wanted was to never again be forced to smile when I Knew I couldn't, because inside, I was so sick and hurting.

I am 44.  I wish I could say the pain and memories go away.

I wish I could say all turns-out with little to few problems.

I wish I could say the ghosts of the past don't haunt... and don't force me to do some really dumb and toxic things to myself.

What I can say is: our own futures are our own.  We can choose what it is we get in life.  We can choose happiness and choose good loving people for ourselves, or we can choose more of the same and maintain the chains that go with mental, emotional and physical abuse.  We can choose the better script, if we allow ourselves to have that courage and freedom.  We can choose much better for ourselves, if we decide we are deserving, and worthy of good things.

Because of my Afamily, I have become what I have become, (that is: insecure, miserable, with no sense of value, worth or self-esteem).  Because of myself, (innate natural nature?), and my undying need to fight and get better for myself, I have found love, and the ability to smile, and really really mean the warmth and goodness that can go behind that smile.  It has not been easy.  It has been a constant effort., but if I don't think I'm worth it, who will?

It's a new year.... with each new year, we are given a new chance to grow and become the selves we would rather be and become.  I wish you a year filled with positive growth and development, and a spirit that just won't quit!  

Thankyou Kerry this means so

Thankyou Kerry this means so much to me. I truly do try my best to find who I am under all the pain and grief I have. recently found my 3 older brothers as of today and I look forward to making an effort to salvage what we have my mother passed of cancer in 2012 and I do not hate her nor was she at as much fault as posted in the news. I intend to do better and be better than she was. I find myself looking more and more like her each and every day and I choose to embrace it. I was so hateful for so long and I do not deny that hatred to still be there but I will not allow it to affect the love I have now for my boyfriend whom I'm currently living with and my former and current family. Thankyou for helping me see your pain as well as my own.

Why are they not in Jail?

I thought they were sentenced 25 years or so...
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