Lorinda Bailey Pleads Guilty in Child Abuse Case Marked by Feces and Flies
Last October, we told you about one of the most disturbing child abuse stories in recent memory: the arrest of Wayne Sperling and Lorinda Bailey for abusing and neglecting their four boys, ages two, four, five and six, in a case whose feces-and-flies filled details were absolutely horrifying.
Lorinda Bailey. Photos, videos and an original document below.
Now, Bailey has pleaded guilty and Sperling is scheduled for a status hearing to determine if he's competent to stand trial. Here's the latest.
As we've reported, an arrest affidavit notes that officers responded to a call from St. Joseph's Childrens Hospital about possible child abuse at forty minutes past midnight on September 29 of last year. 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.
A 7News image of Wayne Sperling during a court appearance.
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 three-year range between youngest and oldest.
The apartment in question.
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 the unemployed Sperling 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.
Bailey in court.
Continue for more about Lorinda Bailey's guilty plea, including additional photos, two videos and the arrest affidavit.