The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Hodge and McClaskey

A six year old girl was beaten, raped and almost killed by two Ashville Ohio adults. According to sources neighbors of the couple have showed concern over what has been going on inside the home of Charlotte Hodge, and William McClaskey, Hodge's boyfriend.

Neighbors said they contacted authorities several times about one of their neighbors and the treatment of her 6-year-old relative. But what they allegedly saw inside the Ashville apartment frightened them, NBC 4's Barbra Flannigan reported.

"(There was) a lot of blood, a lot of bruising around her eyes," said Tiffany Castle, a neighbor. "You could tell she had been strangled."

Neighbors said a relative of the child, 28-year-old Charlotte Hodge, and
her boyfriend, 25-year-old William McClaskey, were hesitant to call for help.
But their neighbors insisted.

"They actually let him carry her to the ambulance, which, that upset me because I already knew what was going on," said Amanda Byerly, a neighbor.

Paramedics rushed the girl to Children's Hospital, where she underwent surgery. Authorities believe she will recover.

Police then launched an investigation and the Pickaway County Prosecutor's Office charged McClaskey with attempted murder, rape, kidnapping and felonious child endangerment.

Hodge was charged with complicity to commit attempted murder, rape and kidnapping.

The assistant prosecutor said there are allegations that the couple choked the girl.

"It's hard to understand what took place in that home. I think we are all struggling to understand what and why," said Mike Hess, assistant prosecutor. First Report

The girl has now been returned to her father, Hodge was charged with complicity to commit attempted murder, rape and kidnapping while McClaskey was charged with rape and attempted murder, accused of choking the girl.

This child must have been put through complete hell while living with these two demented monsters.
"(She's) wanting to be a typical 6-year-old, wanting to run off and play, but we have to keep her down a bit due to the medical," Pennington said.
The 6-year-old colored a picture (shown, left) for the lead detective on the case. Gifts for the victim were taken to the Department of Family Services -- ready to be delivered.
"She basically left the hospital with just a teddy bear," Pennington said. "So, a lot of people have (been) bringing in a lot of stuff and I think she'll be set real well for Christmas."
Hodge and McClaskey are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. An account has been set up for the 6-year-old girl to pay for medical bills and other expenses.
Donations can be made at the Citizens Bank of Ashville. There are three branches. Second Story

Both of these monsters have waived court appearances, and the case will go before a grand jury. Bonds for Hodge and McClasky are set at $500,000 apiece.

I can not imagine how people like this can exist- although I know everyday that more and more are out there. In this case, they didn't just beat a child, they raped her and then attempted to strangle her. The horror that they put her through- this is why I believe in life sentencing. This is why I believe that for some crimes- the death penalty is more than fitting. These weren't just two sick people out molesting children- these are demented twisted people who should never again see the light of day.

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~ MissLisa said...

This is just so sad and sick... that poor little girl will have to deal with this the rest of her life :(
The day this story hit I was going to blog it but decided to steer away from the evil for now. I'm glad to see you and others have written about it though. I was also glad to hear that the community there has reached out to this child, hoping to give her a happy Christmas.

And... Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Brian Kastel said...

Lost, I like what you've done with the place. I want you to know that I agree with your final assessment. I question whether the numbers are actually rising as you suggest, but that is an utterly insignificant point, here.

All should pray for this little girl...