October 16th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Janitor finds mentally disabled people chained in basement; 3 arrested

Three suspects accused of chaining mentally disabled people and stealing their Social Security checks were arrested in Philadelphia.

They were arrested Friday after a janitor doing checks at a building found four victims - a 29-year-old woman, and three men, ages 31, 35 and 31 - locked up in a basement boiler room at a Philadelphia residence, said Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman. The janitor released the four and called police.

Authorities believe the victims had been trapped in the tiny room for up to a week. Evers said they suffered from bed sores and "injuries that are very, very hard to describe."

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  1. banasy©

    What I *said*, DD, is that the prozac defense isn't as prevalent as it was once thought to be, not that it didn't happen at all.
    I happen to agree with you about the warehousing of the mentally ill and the criminally insane.

    When someone says you tube, I say I don't have a pc to watch videos on.
    Nice way to try and say I don't have a brain, unholy duo.
    Wicked is as wicked does. The ones who spout that there are too many in the world are usually one of them.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Thank you , bigwilliestyles.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    ok and as for my daughter denver dave, she is an intelligent grown woman who has seen the affects of pharmaceutical drugs and can determine this for herself and does a very good job of it. she is also a mother & highly protective of her son & her brother!

    October 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Beth, are you from michigan? Duh.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Uh oh, the rolls from last night are baaaaack!

    October 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Ty @ brainiac i knew the pot shots were comming! @ denver dave, this is why i have become so anti government. And to everyone else i did not disclose this info for pity...I love my son very much the way he is, he is a blessing to me and my girls!

    October 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConTroll

      Braniac was also Philip, chrissy.

      October 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |

    my cousin lives in michigan and has two retarded children, i think it's cause him and his wife were heavy partiers...and drinkers...

    October 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Duh check the janitors wee wee for tard DNA? Duh

    October 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    My grandfather came out of one of those inst-i-tutions, a completely different person! still to this day we are fighting the system that did un-metionable things to him.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    and b4 one of you say it, i took care of all his financial needs with NO gov assistance until he was l8 and then he recieved disability. I worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs to make sure of that!

    October 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff in Montreal

    These mindless little posts are blocking people from posting serious comments. Please stop picking on each other so we can have a genuine discussion. We don't do this in Canada and are amazed by the way you Americans hate on each other here constantly. Please excercise some self control. Than you in advance.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Are they from Michigan? And the janitor, he must be from Michigan, we had one in school , he was from Michigan.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. justathought

    @ Mummmm Just in case you would like to know Denver & Colorado is govreverned by Dems, and this state has gone South ever since just like Calif. They would like people to think they take care of such matters but they don't. They finacialy wrecked Calif until they couldn't handle it and now they have moved to Colorado where they seem to be on the intent to do the same.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I ain't giving the repubs no breaks...all this went down under their administartion..,it's their idealogy every man for himself platform, a catagion with has spread its hatredness throughout our American policies...that...and GREED...

      October 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |

    @chrissy, alot of people move to minnisota cause they have assitance with metally disabled kids..
    that's why my cousins stay there and wont move.. now they can sponge of the goverment and still party , and if they have a few more retarded kids they'll get even more money..
    i think they just need to spend more time with the kids and maybe they wont be as bad,,,

    October 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    lmfao ty mary i just knew when beth left you would bring your ignorant self in here. its ok banasy the monitoring started this morning lol LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
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