Saturday, January 17, 2015

Custodial dad, step arrested for beating 15-year-old son, shackling him to bed for five months (Pooler, Georgia)

The custodial dad is identified as DANIEL KENDZIERSKI. No explanation as to what happened to this boy's mother. If Dad was capable of treating the son this way, he was more than capable of treating the mother in a similar fashion. This should raise red flags as to what happened to her. Is she deceased? If so, from natural causes? Is she "missing"? If so, why? Or did this father some how manage to strip her of custody? Lots of unanswered questions. Kids are now in foster care.

Parents arrested after teen reports being shackled to bed

Posted: Jan 16, 2015 6:04 PM EST Updated: Jan 17, 2015 4:58 AM EST

By Conny Cooper

POOLER, GA (WTOC) - Police say a Pooler teen was shackled to a metal bed for five months, with his little brother forced to act as jailer.

Now, his father and step-mother are behind bars. Daniel Kendzierski, 37, is the teen's father. He is charged with false imprisonment and child cruelty. His stepmother, 30-year-old Christine Kendzierski, is charged with child cruelty.

Police were called Thursday night to the family's home on South Rogers Street after the 15-year-old boy confided to a classmate that he had been beaten the night before, for escaping his shackles. According to a police report, officers found the mobile home in disarray – with trash, boxes and clothes scattered everywhere – and six children living inside.

Police say the 15-year-old showed him his metal frame bunk bed, with no mattress on the top and a bare, dingy, heavily stained one on bottom. A set of metal shackles was attached to the bed. Police found bruises on the boy's wrists, his ankles, his ribs, his shoulders and stomach. He told officers he usually gets one meal a day, sometimes two – that he has to eat in the bathroom or the bedroom, sometimes, but rarely, with the rest of the family.

The 15-year-old, his father, his stepmother, and his brother said the boy was unshackled to go to the bathroom, to shower and to go to school.

According to this police report, Christine and Daniel Kendziersk did not think they were doing anything wrong and said they were just disciplining the boy. Christine Kendzierski told officers she was only doing what had been done to her as a child, according to the report, then asked officers, “So what if I leave him, leave his kids and take man and leave. Will that help me out?”

According to the police report, Daniel Kendzierski gave his son what he called, "iron chair beatings," saying the boy would fall to the floor and cover himself as he was being beaten. His little brother was forced to lock and unlock the shackles. The teen asked police not to get his brother in trouble, and said he was only doing what he had been told to do by his parents.

Charles Reid lives just steps away from the home where this all happened, and said there was never any indication that anything was wrong."I haven't noticed any issues. They walk around out here. They have gone to school. They walk the dog. They play back here; have a swing set right out the back door. So, I have not noticed anything," Reid said.

The six children who lived at the home have been placed in foster care.

There is no word yet on whether the Kendzierskis have posted bond, but no one answered when a WTOC crew knocked on the door Friday evening.