Shackled Girl: Part 9 – Open Questions and Remaining Concerns

by PropinquaEditor’s note: The three children in the Ciboro house were isolated from family and neighbors. Now they are in foster care, hidden by confidentiality laws. They need privacy and time to heal, and no decent person wants to pry. On the other hand, public attention facilitated the 13-year-old girl’s escape, and public attention is probably needed to protect her and bring about justice. … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Part 8 – What Happens When Mother Leaves

by PropinquaEditor’s note: “So where was the mother?” is another question people keep asking. Stafonda Hawkins is the mother of the 13-year-old girl who escaped alleged abuse by Timothy Ciboro and his son Esten. Hawkins and the elder Ciboro are parents of a girl, 10, and a boy, 9. All three children remain in foster care.Had the girl not fled the Ciboros, her mother would still be free in Vegas. There’s just no way that Stafonda Hawkins, a fugitive, was surprised to be cuffed and jailed after the long bus trip back to Toledo. But she came home anyway. … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Part 6 – Father and Son: the Blooper Reel

by PropinquaEditor’s note: Let’s take a break from the grim allegations in this case. While there is never anything funny about abuse itself, at times the accused Ciboro men manage to look both appalling and ridiculous. As they flail about, straining to prove what excellent Christian family men they are, feel free to chuckle between bouts of *facepalm* and *headdesk*. … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Part 5 – It Gets Worse

by PropinquaEditor’s note: Even more disturbing details are emerging in the case of Timothy Ciboro, 53, and his son Esten, 27. The two allegedly disciplined the daughter of Timothy’s ex-girlfriend Stafonda Hawkins by shackling the girl, now 13, to a basement post. She escaped in mid-May. Hawkins, 39, was recently jailed on unrelated warrants. … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Part 3 – Prepared Statement by Alleged Abuser

by PropinquaEditor’s note: For a year, a home-schooling Christian man named Timothy Ciboro allegedly disciplined his ex-girlfriend’s daughter by shackling her to a basement post. The girl, 13, escaped in mid-May. Timothy Ciboro, 53, and his son Esten, 27, were arrested in Toledo, charged with kidnapping and torture. The girl’s mother is now also jailed, but on unrelated warrants. … [Read more...]

Shackled Girl: Mother Jailed on Unrelated Charges

by PropinquaEditor’s note: On May 18, a 13-year-old girl escaped from the basement of a home in Toledo where her stepfather, Timothy Ciboro, and his son, Esten Ciboro, allegedly kept her shackled to a post for a year or more. This is yet another horrific story of what can happen when abusers use a claim of Christian home-schooling to hide and mistreat children. You might wish to start with Part 1 … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 8 – How to Beat Your Children?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – In Defense of Biblical ChastisementEditor's note: This is the end finally of Michael's horrifying advice on how to abuse your child. How is this man not in jail for his child cruelty and abuse? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 7 – How to Beat Your Children?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – In Defense of Biblical ChastisementEditor's note: The first paragraph in the 'What if they fight back?' is some of the cruelest parenting advice I've ever seen, like something written by a sick sadist that gets his jollies off on torturing people, someone that needs to be locked up from polite society. He's advocating this type of outrageous behavior towards your beloved children. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 6 – How to Beat Your Children?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – In Defense of Biblical ChastisementEditor's note: Michael continues on with the disgusting minutia of beating children to make them behave. Trigger Warning for so many reasons since this is beyond disgusting. He tries to claim that the pain is not the most important thing. A side note: For years is has been whispered that Pearl was beaten unmercifully by his own grandmother as a child, that his child discipline rules flow out of his own ill treatment as a child. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Buy Your Spanking Rod?

From Raw Story and the Phil Ferguson Radio Show - Christian Peddling Creepy 'Discipline' Sticks Wants to Keep His Business a SecretEditor's note: Patheo writer The Friendly Atheist wrote about this a few days ago and it's popping up in many places online now. This man, Steve Haymond, is quietly resuming his manufacturer and sale of this plastic 'discipline' sticks and selling them on the down low. He used to have a ministry named Biblical Child Training that says many of the same things Michael Pearl preaches and sold the plastic ruler-like implements. Clearly Haymond knows what he is doing is wrong somewhere deep inside as his letter to former customers stresses a need for secrecy and … [Read more...]