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Police Detail Worst Case Of Child Abuse Ever Seen

Police Detail Worst Case Of Child Abuse Ever Seen

Elisabeth Crossley | Ruth Cassidy

Bonner County Daily Bee via YellowBrix

December 08, 2010

COEUR D’ALENE, ID— A mother and grandmother face serious felony charges for the reprehensible conditions in which they forced twin toddlers to live.

Elisabeth Crossley and her mother Ruth Cassidy are accused of abuse and neglect at the worst level Coeur d’Alene police say they have ever seen.

Officers arrested Crossley Sunday when her daughters were found living in squalor.

Their grandmother, Cassidy, was taken into custody Tuesday morning.

Now KREM 2 News is learning about the gruesome crimes with which the two are charged.

The girls were covered in their own excrement, with no clothing or diapers on, and bruises all over their bodies.

The abuse is so extreme, officers suspect the girls have brain injuries.

A welfare check revealed heinous conditions at an apartment in Coeur d’Alene. Police found the 2-year-old girls with “feces caked on their arms, legs, hands, feet and even on their necks.”

When the officer walked into the room he says,“I was unable to breathe and began retching. I started to vomit and had to leave the room immediately to choke it back.”

The officer was sent to the house after a passerby, Anthony Brown, noticed the girls laying in filth. Brown says he had nightmares the last couple of nights as a result, and described it as the worst sight he’s ever seen in his life.

The police report shows the mother, Elisabeth Crosslely, and grandmother, Ruth Cassidy, made excuses for the deplorable conditions, saying the girls refused to wear clothes or diapers and misbehaved.

Their mother told police the children would “ram their own bodies into their furniture” and “ram their own heads into walls.”

However, police describe the girls as docile and even silent as they played.

One neighbor says she is appalled to find out about the abuse. She couldn’t believe a mom and grandmother could do something like that to their own children.

The girls are in state protective custody. It wasn’t until they were examined at the hospital that police saw the extent of their injuries.

Reports show both girls had bruises and infected sores all over their bodies.

The officer says it appears they were whipped and extremely dehydrated. One nurse who examined the girls says, “Both children exhibited signs of physical abuse from a ‘skilled abuser,’ who was hurting the girls in locations that would always be hidden by their clothing while in public.”

Police say Crossley and Cassidy argued with police Sunday. Crossley told one officer he was ruining their family and asked, “What about Christmas?”


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    Allen705

    over 3 years ago

    1466 Comments

    worst case of child abuse indeed, but the worst one I'v seen the child didn't make it....

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    ExplorerFL835

    over 3 years ago

    370 Comments

    P.O.S !!!!

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    Grafton817

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    License to drive, license to bartend, license to carry a weapon.....NO LICENSE TO BE A PARENT!!! I feel terrible when I have to raise my voice to my children, I don't know how this mother could possibly do this to her own flesh and blood! I hope the court throws the book at the pair of them and I hope these little girls recover and get placed in a warm, loving, caring home like all children deserve!

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    MACK2014

    over 3 years ago

    168 Comments

    Somebody needs to put those two idiot broads out of their misery.....SADDEST PART ( BESIDES THE TORTURE THAT THOSE LITTLE GIRLS ENDURED ) ........THOSE TWO POTENTIAL BABY KILLERS ARE GONNA GET A COURT APPOINTED LAWYER (paid for by you and me) WHO'S GONNA CONVINCE A JURY THAT THOSE TWO GIRLS ARE BETTER OFF BACK WITH THEIR "MOTHER".........sad

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    Tbones2469

    over 3 years ago

    168 Comments

    Sad that children were living in this manner. Where was the father and the rest of the family? Prayers to the children on a speady recovery, and hopefully the mother/grandmother will be judged properly in the after life sooner rather than later.

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    MarlyB

    over 3 years ago

    4880 Comments

    The scope of this crime is unfathomable to us, but it is not rare. We must realize that, in this cruel, cruel world, whatever heinous act that can be conceived - someone will not only engage in it - but arrange it be done for money. THAT is the dark side of humanity, the argument for capital punishment as seen in the faces of Elizabeth Crossley and Ruth Cassidy. God bless the Good Samaritan. God bless the healers who guide the children back into the Light. God bless the law enforcement officer who acts on our behalf.

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4318 Comments

    what disgusting POS's

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    MM2METN

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    All I can say about this is JAIL HOUSE JUSTICE in the worse, and these two pieces of trash will get there in the end. Thank god a person took interest and called the authorities..

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    SkoolCop

    over 3 years ago

    4534 Comments

    Matthew 18:1-7
    1: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
    2: And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them
    3: And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    4: Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    5: And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
    6: But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
    7: Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man (or woman) by whom the offence cometh!

    npd783, While it may be true that only God could give these two (poor excuses) for women what they truly deserve, we can sure help them on their way to receiving such a punishment. Hopefully, these two children will be properly placed into a loving home and environment that wil allow them to lead normal lives free from such abuses and free from ever having these two pieces of fecal matter having contact with them ever again.

    Book_Em_Mandie: I know you're right. Anyone not sickened by these unspeakable acts committed by these pieces of fecal matter are truly sick and desturbed people not worthy of having access to children, much less having any children of their own.

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    alexy

    over 3 years ago

    3970 Comments

    double tap both.....

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    CAZ

    over 3 years ago

    1428 Comments

    Crossley told one officer he was ruining their family and asked, “What about Christmas?”

    Again a round that cost less than a dollar would end all this nonsense. My question is where is the rest of the family??? DAD perhaps

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    BigNTS

    over 3 years ago

    6750 Comments

    I've said it before and it bears repeating;

    A person must pass a test to get a license to drive. You must pass a test to receive a high school diploma. You must pass a test prior to be accepted by the bar association. You must pass one (at least) to practice medicine.

    You should be required to pass a test BEFORE becoming a parent. There are plenty of willing and able folks out there to care for the children of people who cannot pass the test.

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    BLU362

    over 3 years ago

    74 Comments

    Glad the children are safe now and will have their best Christmas, and as for those two sorry @sses, put them under the jail!!

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    Jennifer_S

    over 3 years ago

    602 Comments

    This is horrible... There are so many people out there that are unable to have children and it's THESE type of people in this article that get to have them...

    Disgusting.

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    I was so angry, (I never did well in child abuse cases), that I forgot to commend Mr. Brown for getting involved and immediately reporting this. Thank you sir, this nation needs more people to come forward and report crimes.
    As for the father, he probably does not even know he fathered these kids and the 'mother' may not know who the father is. I am willing to bet that the Grandmother abused her child growing up and the abuse is continuing.
    Unfortunately I would also have been arrested if this waste told me I ruined her Christmas for her as I would have punched her in the mouth before I could stop myself.

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