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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-17-2020, 11:08 AM
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From what I have heard on the news, the sister had meningitis as a young age, cannot talk, drinks out of a baby bottle still at age 51. She's clearly very disabled. Therefore, in the USA she is eligible for Medicaid, which in her situation is basically free medical care.
She is probably getting SSI or some kind of social security for her disabilities, too.
And if so, I wonder what her "caretaker" did with it 😞

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Re: Sister Kept in Cage

Here's an article with more detail... not a lot of detail, but at least more.

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/pitt...81651077059792

In another article I read that until the mother's death in 2018, the mother had taken care of the disable sister. After the mother's death, the sister Leona Biser took over the care.

Of interest is that the mother's home was also in horrible condition. So this sort of lack of taking care of the home seems to be a family thing.

The home that they removed the disabled sister from is being condemned due to roach infestation and filth.

There was an anonymous report to the authorities about the conditions. That's why the police did a welfare check. How sad is it that this woman has been kept in deplorable conditions for a LONG time and no one gave a rats arse about it till now.

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Isn't eligibility for SNAP based whether one is working or not?
No, it's income based.
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Here's an article with more detail... not a lot of detail, but at least more.

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/pitt...81651077059792

In another article I read that until the mother's death in 2018, the mother had taken care of the disable sister. After the mother's death, the sister Leona Biser took over the care.

Of interest is that the mother's home was also in horrible condition. So this sort of lack of taking care of the home seems to be a family thing.

The home that they removed the disabled sister from is being condemned due to roach infestation and filth.

There was an anonymous report to the authorities about the conditions. That's why the police did a welfare check. How sad is it that this woman has been kept in deplorable conditions for a LONG time and no one gave a rats arse about it till now.
APS doesn't do anything unless someone is turned in. There are many poor and most don't live this badly. As someone said, many do live in places that are very run down. The section 8 landlords are the worst at taking care of homes for rent. They only have to do what they are told by the state. Most times, those homes are in terrible disrepair, but the landlord still gets his money.

Why did they think this was okay? Probably, like you said, the parents taught them this. Where was this caretaker, the sister, during the day? What did she do with the money she must have been getting, since she was getting meds for the disabled sister? It seems obvious from that, she knew to get help.

I imagine the dog was in the cage to keep the sister company. Yeah, folks are that messed up.

Thanks for this. I looked for more yesterday, but couldn't find anything in this much detail. How did I know what the cage looked like? You could barely see a corner or side of it in one of the news broadcasts I watched. I guessed at the rest from knowing folks who don't have money to spend on proper enclosures for shipping.

I wonder if some folks are afraid of getting help from the state or fed gov't? My feelings are, they are not. They may not know to get them. I find that unlikely, but possible.
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So, I want to ask you all something that is bothering me.

Should we be investing less money in other countries and more in our own?

Would you rather see this money go to free education or to those who are obviously mentally and/or physically ill to the point of living like this?

Is our nation broken?

Are our nations leaders so out of touch that they cannot see the real issues here, but want to look good in the eyes of the world?

How many more can we take in without helping these folks?

I don't really expect any answers. I just wanted to get that off my chest.
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