Jefferson County parents facing child abuse charges

Jefferson County parents facing child abuse charges

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Officers say five children ages 3 to 14 were in the home. Three of them, including the 7-year-old boy, were adopted, and deputies say those three all showed signs of abuse. Officers say five children ages 3 to 14 were in the home. Three of them, including the 7-year-old boy, were adopted, and deputies say those three all showed signs of abuse.
Suzan Sealock (Courtesy: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Suzan Sealock (Courtesy: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
Charlies Sealock (courtesy: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office). Charlies Sealock (courtesy: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office).
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - Two Jefferson County parents are out on bond after being arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and false imprisonment.

Charles and Suzan Sealock were arrested after their 7-year-old boy was found wandering alone in a Dandridge neighborhood Saturday.

Neighbors who found him say he was begging for food.

6 News talked to one neighbor who says the Sealock's oldest son helped him with some yard work, and judging by what he has seen he never would have thought abuse could be happening inside the home.

"I was shocked because this is just a really really nice neighborhood and I had no idea something like that was going on around here," said Jim Shipp.

Shipp has lived in that Dandridge neighborhood for 26 years sharing, passing nods with his neighbors here in this home, never thinking twice about what could be going on behind closed doors.

"I was aware that there were kids down there but I wasn't aware of any problem," said Shipp.

On Saturday one of those children showed up at another neighbor's house begging for food, offering to trade a pine cone for anything to eat.

Those neighbors noted the 7-year-old boy appeared to be scratched and bruised.

They gave him food, and called police.

"The 7-year-old child had fingernail bruising that looked old, had toenails that had been bruised and had scratches on him," said Jefferson County Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig.

Sheriff Bud McCoig says the boy's mother, Suzan Sealock, came looking for him, but when they tried to take him home the boy claimed he did not live there.

Deputies say the boy was being forced to sleep in a small bathroom without bedding, locked in the room for hours on end and being fed only baby food.

The police report from that day says Suzan Sealock told police he sleeps in the locked bathroom because he wanders off at night.

It also states the boy told DCS workers at the scene that his mom punishes him by pinching him, stepping on his toes and scratching him.

Officers say five children ages 3 to 14 were in the home. Three of them, including the 7-year-old boy, were adopted, and deputies say those three all showed signs of abuse.

"As hard as it is for people to adopt in the United States it's sad to see that somebody who shouldn't have children was able to get them," said Shipp.

Suzan Sealock and her husband Charles were arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse and false imprisonment.

Officials with the sheriff's office and DCS say that 7-year-old boy has been living with the Sealock's since he was 2-years-old.

This is the first time they have had any reports of possible abuse within the Sealock's home.

All of the children in the home were taken into custody by DCS.

Charles and Suzan Sealock are out of jail on bond.

They are both scheduled to be in court on Tuesday.

The investigation is still ongoing.
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