Amanda Joliff, Richard Smith charged with child abuse & more for imprisoning her son

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Josh Joliff.
Amanda Joliff and Richard Smith have now been formally charged with child abuse, false imprisonment and more in connection with the horrific treatment of a fourteen-year-old developmentally delayed boy.

An arrest affidavit on view below recounts off-the-charts neglect in a home that comes across as an unkempt, uncleaned zoo.

The Erie Police Department arrest affidavit redacts the name of the boy, but he's almost certainly Amanda's son Josh, who was in the news back in February 2007, when he was attacked by the family's pet Labrador, Gordie. In the account Amanda shared with 9News, she said the dog had been chained up -- but when it began whimpering, Josh, then age nine, approached with the goal of calming it down, only to have it attack him. Amanda estimated that he needed "thousands of stitches" to repair wounds to his left shoulder, left hand and head. "His scalp was hanging on by the skin around his ear on the right side," she said at the time.

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Amanda Joliff's mug shot.
After attacking Josh, the dog ran away and was eventually shot and killed by police.

The affidavit picks up the Joliff family story at 10:26 p.m. on September 27, when a neighbor called the cops to report that a neighbor child who'd lived in a nearby trailer was hiding under his porch. The neighbor feared Amanda had abandoned the boy two weeks earlier, heading to New York with her boyfriend, Richard Smith. Her bus ticket was allegedly one-way. The boy, meanwhile, was supposed to have been left with Quint Gilman, identified as his non-biological father, and his sister, a sixteen-year-old whose name is also redacted. However, Quint and the girl had moved out of the trailer earlier that day and apparently left the boy behind.

During a subsequent interview with police, the boy said he'd been removed from school in 2008 and registered as a home-school student -- but that no schooling had taken place since then. Instead, he was locked in a room with boarded-up windows on a daily basis. He was allowed out at 8 a.m. to take care of the clan's ducks. (In addition to two ducks, the Joliff menagerie was said to include three dogs, one macaw, one cockatoo, two cockatiels and four toads -- but not a pet rat of the sort Josh mentioned in the 2007 dog-attack report linked above.) Then he was placed back in his room until 3 p.m., at which point he was briefly freed to clean. Then it was back out again at around 6:30 p.m. to eat dinner -- his only meal of the day, usually consisting of macaroni or spaghetti. But this wasn't necessarily a daily occurrence. The boy estimated that he'd averaged four meals per week since 2008.

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Richard Smith's booking photo.
The next day, officers received a search warrant for the Joliff residence -- and what they found was repulsive: an "overpowering odor of animal urine and feces," plus mice (and mice droppings) everywhere in site. The rodents had gotten into most of the pasta, too.

When Amanda was finally interviewed, she told officers that the boy was "developmentally delayed," and insisted that her house hadn't been in the sad state in which police found it before she left for New York. She also claimed the lock on the boy's door was intended to prevent him fro running away, but later admitted that she sometimes employed it because he "used to irritate me really bad."

Imagine how bugged she is now. She and Smith are currently in Weld County Jail on a $20,000 bond. They both face charges of at-risk neglect, child abuse and false imprisonment. She's due in court on October 27, while he'll turn up at a disposition hearing on November 3.

For his part, the boy is presumably in a better place now -- because it's tough to imagine a worse one. Read the complete affidavit below.

Joliff Affidavit

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13 comments
Guest
Guest

F'ing Liberals..  Why can't we shoot people like this in the head?!?!

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

EYE FOR EYE  I WOULD LOCK  A. JOLIFF ^& R.SMITH IN A CAGE LIKE ANIMAL JUST LIKE THEY DID WITH THE YOUNG MAN OF 15  WHY A WARM PRISON 3 MEALS  TREAT THEM LIKE THEY DID OF  JOSH  IT WOULD SAVE A LOT OF TAXPAYER MONEY.

Alaina Murphy
Alaina Murphy

What an evil bitch...she sure look well-fed.

lovelee
lovelee

why isn't quint being charged?

Scretch
Scretch

They should have shot the "parents" instead of the Labrador. And where was the investigation, if the dog didn't have rabies, any IDIOT would know that a Lab doesn't attack like that unless someone is abusing him. One welfare check of the home could have stopped years of suffering for this boy. Okay I can't say any more-i'm just TOO ANGRY.

Lizzie Gowers
Lizzie Gowers

What...the...fuck. How is it that this boy wasn't taken by the state earlier? I hope the so-called "mother" rots in prison and that Satan spits on the cunt's soul upon arrival.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

I want to see the so called  m locked in  a cage  given 3 meals per week  just like she treated her son  prison is too easy with 3 meals warm, bed & bathroom.

ForlornW
ForlornW

Why do you need to release the boy's name (a developmentally delayed minor and the victim of a crime!) if the the police aren't even doing so?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

The boy's name has been widely circulated since the story about the dog attack several years ago. Thanks for the post.

adarc
adarc

Disagree here - just because his name was once published under a different circumstances, doesn't give you the right to out him.

Guest
Guest

Normally, I'd agree but hopefully this story and his name will get him properly adopted by some kind soul in his town.

guest
guest

I just want 5 minutes, a brick and to be locked in a room with the "mom"........

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