Wayne Sperling's child abuse bust: Swarms of flies, piles of feces
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.
Photos, video below.
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.
In addition, the child was "non-verbal," apparently unwashed and smelled of cigarette smoke.
The apartment in question.
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.
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