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Case of Abused Ukrainian Children UnprecedentedTim King Salem-News.com
The parents are accused of inflicting punishment with items that included wire straps, dog switches and rocks.
(SALEM, Ore.) - A detective in Marion County says it's the worst case of child abuse he has ever seen. Several children removed from a Ukrainian immigrant home in Salem say they have been brutalized by their parents since arriving in the United States six years ago.
40-year old Alexander Kozlov and 39-year old Lyudmila Kozlova were arrested for child abuse against six of their children, who called 911 July 19, 2009, asking the police to rescue them. The kids are aged 15, 14, 13, 11, 10, 9 and six days.
"It is the 14-year old girl who got it the worst," Marion County Sheriff's Office Lt. Sheila Lorance said, describing years of beatings with items that included wire straps, dog switches and rocks.
It seems clear from the comments and other statements, that the punishment was inflicted on the girl because she cut her hair without the authorization of her family.
The story on Salem-News.com, Two Adults Arrested in Salem on Multiple Counts of Child Abuse, brings a different picture forward. Members of this community seem to be greatly disturbed by the arrest, and the largely came out against the children.
One person commenting on the story by the name of Vlad, said these "kids are demons i ones knew them, i herd them how they were talking about their parents how much they hate them cuz they give soo little rights like do what ever they please... i hope these kids get deported to Africa."
That is the level of support we are detecting from friends of the parents, mostly comprised of their church congregation. Many of the leaving comments reference God and the Bible in making their point.
"They are not abusing their kids!!! they are just trying to set them on the right path in life. i hope the police will set them free and give their kids back to them. prey for them everyone..... Also, aren't the kids at the age of going through puberty? how could the police believe teenagers without proper investigation." - Anonymous
"Just few weeks ago I've been in camp with those three older kids. I was one of the stuff members and had to work a lot with them as a choir director. May be I am wrong, but I think that they where the hardest teenagers that I ever had to work with. Through out whole camp I didn't even know what they wanted. They didn't participate in pretty much any camp activities, not in camp church nor in games." - Andrey
I think most psychologists or councilors who work with the abused, would say that kids who are beaten regularly by their parents often "drop out" of activities and lose interest in school. Their will to learn and discover can be replaced with anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and fear.
A person with a completely different point of view offered this comment, "These Russian/Ukrainian 'baptists' think that they have a blank check to do whatever they want, or whatever seems right to them without regards to the laws of the country they live in. And this is sick. Even now people blindly supporting them. Supporting whom? People who cruel to their own children, because they used to get away with that in their country? But the facts and evidence of abuse should be listened to, not their religious affiliations. May justice be served. " - E
The colorful people throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley who hail from Russia and the Ukraine, are an interesting and often colorful aspect of Oregon culture.
These residents of eastern European heritage are a group we don't often hear a lot about. It seems possible that certain types of physical punishment, clearly illegal in the United States, are being practiced regularly. It also seems clear based on the comments, that a large number of people who attend church with the accused are on the same page when it comes to defending them.
Lt. Sheila Lorance, says the kids are courageous for coming forward. The case will be taken by the District Attorney to the Grand Jury.
This is the original Salem-News.com article: Two Adults Arrested in Salem on Multiple Counts of Child Abuse - Salem-News.com
This is a follow up article: Survivor of Russian Immigrant Family Child Abuse Speaks Out
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 in Afghanistan with Oregon troops. Tim recently returned from Iraq where he covered the war there while embedded with an Oregon Guard aviation unit. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
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