Four children, boys ages 8, 4, and 2, and a 5-year-old girl, were imprisoned, starved, and neglected by their parents, John Paul and Danielle Woolley, and their grandparents Gordon Mark and Barbara Jo Woolley. The children were homeschooled, but had never received any medical care or any kind of education.
The children were kept in a locked room in a house covered in feces. When they were found, all four were “non-verbal with poor hygiene and varying degrees of malnutrition and dehydration.” The children were not toilet trained and were unable to eat normal foods. The oldest boy was reportedly autistic.
The abuse was discovered after authorities received an anonymous tip and went to the home to investigate. The children were hospitalized and John Paul’s 29-year-old brother, who had special needs, was also taken into protective custody. Animal control removed a number of cats from the home. All four of the Woolleys were charged with felony neglect.
Date: October 19, 2015
Location: Clinton, Indiana