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Father accused of forcing boy to live in box found not guilty

Posted by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM
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Father accused of forcing boy to live in box found not guilty

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The Galveston father accused of forcing his then 9-year-old son to live in a wooden box has been found not guilty on all counts

 

 
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KTRK
Monday, November 24, 2014 08:08AM
GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) --
A man accused of forcing his 9-year-old son to live in a locked wooden box has been found not guilty on all counts in a jury trial in Galveston.

"There was incidents where we found knives hidden in his room and he threatened to kill us in our sleep. I'm sorry, but I think that would scare anybody, " said David Wieseckel, the boy's father.

The case began in July 2012 when the then nine-year-old boy ran away from a home on Bayou Homes Drive in Galveston. The boy was quickly found by police, but he told officers his father and stepmother kept him in a box in the laundry room. Wieseckel describes the 8x6x7 foot structure as his son's "room." He admits he would lock the door at night or when he was taking a shower, while his son was in the house.

A man accused of forcing his 9-year-old son to live in this locked wooden box has been found not guilty on all counts in a jury trial in Galveston. <span>KTRK Photo</span>
A man accused of forcing his 9-year-old son to live in this locked wooden box has been found not guilty on all counts in a jury trial in Galveston. <span>KTRK Photo</span>
A man accused of forcing his 9-year-old son to live in this locked wooden box has been found not guilty on all counts in a jury trial in Galveston. <span>KTRK Photo</span>
 
 
 
A man accused of forcing his 9-year-old son to live in this locked wooden box has been found not guilty on all counts in a jury trial in Galveston. KTRK Photo


Prosecutors say the boy was kept in the structure for hours, possibly days. Additionally they charged the boy was beaten with spoons, a belt and other objects. Investigators say Wieseckel also forced his son to do push-ups for hours on end.

"I believe his story. I believe he was kept in isolation and that he was assaulted," says Galveston County prosecutor Adam Poole.

Wieseckel says his son was diagnosed with a number of mental issues and also exhibited serious behavior problems. He was out of control, according to Wieseckel. There was only a blanket, a book and socks in the room when police first discovered the box. Wieseckel says his son had set his bed on fire previously and other items were removed for his own safety.

The jury told attorneys they just did not feel there was enough evidence to convict Wieseckel of any crime.

Still, Attorney Donna LeLeux, who was appointed to represent the boy's interests previously, claims the system failed.

"I am extremely disappointed with the jury's decision and heartbroken that justice was not served for this little boy. No child should ever have to suffer what my client went through," LeLeux said.

Wieseckel's wife still faces criminal charges related to this case.

The boy is now 11 years old and lives with his mother out of state.
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I don't remember hearing about this one.

Why not seek professional help if this boy had such mental issues that he was a danger to himself and others?

There really isn't enough here to say, one way or the other.

Just a lot of questions and speculation on my part.

littlemum41
by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

 If they beat him often, that could explain why he threatened to kill them? They COULD have seen a family therapist instead of making a big box to put him  in. I can't believe they found him not guilty!!!

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM
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crappy reporting. 

what does his mother say?

was the fire department called over the bed fire? 

are their records of this family seeking help with his behavior? 

what has his behavior been like when living with his mother? 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM

 Why was he not with his mother in the first place? Usually the kids end up with the Mom..and what is she saying about the boy now?

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM


Quoting autodidact:

crappy reporting. 

what does his mother say?

was the fire department called over the bed fire? 

are their records of this family seeking help with his behavior? 

what has his behavior been like when living with his mother? 

Yeah, there is just nothing here to go on really.


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

 Here are some other things I found...

 

The Galveston Daily News has reported the boy has been diagnosed with multiple mood and personality disorders, and that Wieseckel's lawyers described the boy as uncontrollable.

Wieseckel, a father of four, relinquished his parental rights, and the boy, who is now 11, was placed in the custody of Children's Protective Services. The boy's mother lost custody of him in 2008 after she was arrested on a drunk driving charge, the station reported.

 

In opening arguments, a lawyer for Wieseckel said the child had behavioral problems and Wieseckel provided care for the child that included redirection and restraint.

The lawyer added that healthcare providers were aware of his methods.

 

Prosecutors painted a dark picture of what went on in the Galveston home. They said the boy's father and stepmother stripped the boy of his clothing, wrote "liar" and "thief" on his body, photographed the boy and threatened to post the pictures on social media if he did not behave.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/29/us-usa-crime-texas-idUSBREA3S18120140429

 

According to the attorney, when the boy was about 8, he "was hospitalized because he was hiding knives, hearing voices and saying he wanted to kill David Wieseckel and his stepmother in their sleep."

 

furbabymum
by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

 Shit! If they really beat him and tried out humiliation tactics I can understand his desire to harm them.

However, we have a schizophrenic living next to my office and she can be quite scary sometimes. I once had to call the cops because she told me there were children screaming in our storage shed and she had to get them out. She was over there with a crowbar trying to pry the door open. So if he has a real mental health issue I could see how a lack of resources and fear would have this box a viable solution for these people.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 Here are some other things I found...

 

The Galveston Daily News has reportedthe boy has been diagnosed with multiple mood and personality disorders, and that Wieseckel's lawyers described the boy as uncontrollable.

Wieseckel, a father of four, relinquished his parental rights, and the boy, who is now 11, was placed in the custody of Children's Protective Services. The boy's mother lost custody of him in 2008 after she was arrested on a drunk driving charge, the station reported.

 

In opening arguments, a lawyer for Wieseckel said the child had behavioral problems and Wieseckel provided care for the child that included redirection and restraint.

The lawyer added that healthcare providers were aware of his methods.

 

Prosecutors painted a dark picture of what went on in the Galveston home. They said the boy's father and stepmother stripped the boy of his clothing, wrote "liar" and "thief" on his body, photographed the boy and threatened to post the pictures on social media if he did not behave.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/29/us-usa-crime-texas-idUSBREA3S18120140429

 

According to the attorney, when the boy was about 8, he "was hospitalized because he was hiding knives, hearing voices and saying he wanted to kill David Wieseckel and his stepmother in their sleep."

 

 

"If Jesus was coming, there would be wine." ~DH
MeAndTommyLee
by Angie on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM
All I kept thinking about is how scary it must have been for his father everyday knowing that his son could kill him in his sleep at anytime, and how states provide very little treatments, support and options to families who find themselves terrirized by a child.
I can relate, No, a box was never built to hold him, but one of us had to stay awake while the others slept in shifts. All family members locked their doors. We lived basically in fearof one person. He was severely mentally I'l, and violent, threatening and unpredictable.
Therefore until people live the life of this farher, don't judge him.
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

 Honestly, I think it's both true that they are abusive assholes

and the kids is mentally ill to the point that he needs hospitalization

Quoting furbabymum:

 Shit! If they really beat him and tried out humiliation tactics I can understand his desire to harm them.

However, we have a schizophrenic living next to my office and she can be quite scary sometimes. I once had to call the cops because she told me there were children screaming in our storage shed and she had to get them out. She was over there with a crowbar trying to pry the door open. So if he has a real mental health issue I could see how a lack of resources and fear would have this box a viable solution for these people.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 Here are some other things I found...

 

The Galveston Daily News has reportedthe boy has been diagnosed with multiple mood and personality disorders, and that Wieseckel's lawyers described the boy as uncontrollable.

Wieseckel, a father of four, relinquished his parental rights, and the boy, who is now 11, was placed in the custody of Children's Protective Services. The boy's mother lost custody of him in 2008 after she was arrested on a drunk driving charge, the station reported.

 

In opening arguments, a lawyer for Wieseckel said the child had behavioral problems and Wieseckel provided care for the child that included redirection and restraint.

The lawyer added that healthcare providers were aware of his methods.

 

Prosecutors painted a dark picture of what went on in the Galveston home. They said the boy's father and stepmother stripped the boy of his clothing, wrote "liar" and "thief" on his body, photographed the boy and threatened to post the pictures on social media if he did not behave.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/29/us-usa-crime-texas-idUSBREA3S18120140429

 

According to the attorney, when the boy was about 8, he "was hospitalized because he was hiding knives, hearing voices and saying he wanted to kill David Wieseckel and his stepmother in their sleep."

 

 

 

syfymom354
by Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 9:08 PM
And being forced to live in a box had nothing to,do with those mental issus? This a prime example as how the system fails abused kids

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 Here are some other things I found...


 


The Galveston Daily News has reported the boy has been diagnosed with multiple mood and personality disorders, and that Wieseckel's lawyers described the boy as uncontrollable.


Wieseckel, a father of four, relinquished his parental rights, and the boy, who is now 11, was placed in the custody of Children's Protective Services. The boy's mother lost custody of him in 2008 after she was arrested on a drunk driving charge, the station reported.


 


In opening arguments, a lawyer for Wieseckel said the child had behavioral problems and Wieseckel provided care for the child that included redirection and restraint.



The lawyer added that healthcare providers were aware of his methods.


 


Prosecutors painted a dark picture of what went on in the Galveston home. They said the boy's father and stepmother stripped the boy of his clothing, wrote "liar" and "thief" on his body, photographed the boy and threatened to post the pictures on social media if he did not behave.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/29/us-usa-crime-texas-idUSBREA3S18120140429


 


According to the attorney, when the boy was about 8, he "was hospitalized because he was hiding knives, hearing voices and saying he wanted to kill David Wieseckel and his stepmother in their sleep."


 

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