Wayne Sperling's child abuse bust: Swarms of flies, piles of feces

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Photos, video below.
The Denver District Attorney's Office doesn't accuse Wayne Sperling and Lorinda Bailey of beating their children -- boys ages two, four, five and six, all described as so developmentally delayed that none of them could speak. But prosecutors believe their living conditions constituted child abuse -- and Sperling's arrest affidavit (see it below) certainly paints a horrifying picture.

Featured elements: swarms of flies and feces piles of disputed origin.

At forty minutes after midnight on September 29, according to the police document, officers responded to a call from St. Joseph's Childrens Hospital about possible child abuse. A two year old brought into the emergency room by Bailey had a laceration on his forehead and bruising to his right ear, and her explanation -- another child had supposedly thrown a toy at him -- didn't fit the injury in the opinion of doctors at the facility.

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The apartment in question.
In addition, the child was "non-verbal," apparently unwashed and smelled of cigarette smoke.

The next morning, an officer and a Denver Human Services case worker headed to the family's residence, on 18th Street in Denver, to check on the welfare of the other three children Bailey mentioned. Upon entering the apartment, the officer encountered an "unbearable" smell he associated with numerous cats running around the apartment, not to mention feces scattered on the floor. Moreover, flies were said to have covered every surface in a bedroom at the back of the apartment where the children slept.

As for the kids themselves, none of them spoke, instead making "infant-like noises" in order to communicate with each other. They also appeared to be so malnourished that the cop on the scene couldn't distinguish between them in terms of age despite a range from three to six years.

After police took the kids into protective custody, they conducted an interview with Bailey, who promptly changed her story about the two year old's injury: She said he'd hurt himself by falling off the toilet.

Bailey added that Sperling, who is unemployed, was in charge of taking care of the kids, and while the parents were living in separate apartments, she saw her offspring on weekdays. In her view, the condition of the apartment wasn't all that bad.

Next came an interview with Sperling. He insisted that the kids were capable of speaking in ways understandable to him and Bailey, although they also had a language of their own -- one that entailed them grunting at each other. In addition, he maintained that while some of the feces on the floor of the apartment looked human, it all came from cats.

Continue for more about the arrest of Wayne Sperling and Lorinda Bailey, including photos, a video and the arrest affidavit.



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Adam Schafer
Adam Schafer

Lol at you people bitching about this "not taking note of this being a team approach by the hospital staff" and gay adoption. What the fuck does gay adoption have to do with this. And oh you're sad because they didn't mention the jobs the nurses did? These kids were starving and living in a pile of shit. How bout taking a few minutes out of your life to not preach about your personal agenda and think about other people for a change....assholes

Helena 'Lani' Rasor
Helena 'Lani' Rasor

How this was able to go on is mind boggling!! These people had other children removed from the home who had suffered identical circumstances. It blows my mind that no one bothered to follow up on the house or the reports that supposedly came in from the neighbors. So sad for the children.

Shawna Higel
Shawna Higel

This is soooo wrong!Lorinda Bailey had 3 other children taken away from her, they should have made her get a dam tubal! People like this that have children and do this to them, but there is still such a stigma letting gays adopt?! I've had dogs and cats that have taken better care of their litters than these people did.

Sean Gronbeck
Sean Gronbeck

Whats it like to be a bigot, Louis Cruz Jr. ?

Elise Peterson
Elise Peterson

article does not mention the other disciplines (nursing, etc) in addition to the docs that saw this suspected child abuse. when is the media gonna wake up and realize that medicine is a TEAM approach.....

Rebecca Ellis
Rebecca Ellis

Lengthy incarceration after sterilization sounds good to me...

Michael Bauer
Michael Bauer

They should both be treated as the children were...

Diamond Dave
Diamond Dave

his wife will get off by using the standard "scared of her husband" excuse

Amy Nicole
Amy Nicole

I want to hold him by his beard as I bash his head in with a rock

Janice Newberry
Janice Newberry

I don't approve of profiling but one look at this guy and a home visit wasn't scheduled???

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

Not unless you count the thousands of baby animals that you eat everyday. You're all animal abusers. But yes, sterilize these POSs.

Squi Rrel
Squi Rrel

NOO! I know Wayne and Lorie, this is all hyped up. I used to work for them, they're my friends... I don't think its as bad as the media says it is, in fact I know its not as bad.

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

Can we PLEASE sterilize both these disgusting people?

Mario Parker
Mario Parker

There was a woman with him, so stop with the nonsense.

Ron Fletcher
Ron Fletcher

Looks like "Uncle Jesse" from Dukes of Hazzard.

NoTaxationWithoutRep
NoTaxationWithoutRep

@Ellen Kessler You are wrong. You happen to be an 'intelligent' animal, but an animal nonetheless. Animals eat each other in the wild to survive. It is the natural cycle of life. Violent? Yes. Abusive? Probably not....We are still primates in the eyes of advanced life on other planets...What do you think war is? It is ABUSE.....Our country is full of flag wavers who cheer this ABUSE and murder on like it's a game show....We have a lot of evolving to do......Waved your flag lately? 

legstheunicorn
legstheunicorn

I suppose I abuse animals... My favorite type to abuse would be, bison, chicken, cow and on rare occasion pig...

stuka1
stuka1

@Squi Rrel  

Please tell me that YOU don't have children.

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