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Alleged Cattle Prod Child Abuse Prompts Investigation

Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, children, crime, violence, child, DSS )

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The handheld cattle prod in question packs a 4,500 volt punch. Aiken Authorities say Dana and Kip Smith used it repeatedly on Dana's two oldest sons, ages 12 and 14 Dana's grandmother Mary says she confronted Dana about it before her arrest. "She said

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Charles C (160)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 7:33 am
Mary says she's had Dana's three sons handed over to her three different times. Family members say Dana's lost custody a total of six times since her oldest son was born.
DSS hasn't released an exact number to News 12. But they did release these statements via Virginia Williamson. "We're taking a look at records, and are working out a timeline to see how the kids were treated." DSS went on to comment, "We are reviewing our records to see how we handled the case, particularly in light of what we're seeing now in our investigation."

Vicki C (361)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 7:53 am
Noted, Thank you Charles. This is too much, I am in tears even thinking about the truama and pain these poor boys are suffering. This is torture for them, it is heartbreaking to know about, I pray these young boys will survive this horrible abuse.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 8:21 am
It is not always in the best interest of children to be with their parents -- and this is certainly proof. I hate to think of the long-term psychological damage to these boys.

Again, Charles, thanks for keeping everyone aware of these child abuse cases.

LadyLou B (133)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 8:24 am
Noted ~ thanks Charles. This is truly heartbreaking ~ thanks for posting.

tammymarie h (24)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 8:33 am
Now they are reviewing the case...DSS, what a joke. I pray these children get a good, loving home, however, there are going to be so many issues with which to deal. Like Mary said, "scars." Heartbreaking, indeed.

Lauren Stone (586)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 8:34 am
Good grief people are SICK! I can't imagine using this on a cow, let alone a child. Perhaps someone should hold the "mother" and let the boys shock HER a few times. How would a person even get such an idea in their mind?

Charles C (160)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 8:42 am
It takes a very sick individual to do something like this, and I agree with Lauren.....I would be pissed just thinking of someone using it on a cow, let alone a child!!!
And DSS returned them to her 6 times.....yes DSS, you had better check your case file on these children, as you screwed up big time once again, which seems to be par for course for agencies that are supposed to be protecting children!!!

Holly Troubetzkoy (167)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 8:48 am
Charles, talk about sick. this is sick. this is abuse. this is attempted murder.
DSS? Dumb stupid What? Thank you for posting Charles. Hve used up my stars to you this week STAR

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 9:25 am
Thank you Charles, noted. In my opinion I believee that all Dss or whatever this agency calls itself in any state should be taken and completely gutted and reorganized with truly caring people who are not afraid to stand up for the rights of the children in question. They need to rework the rules by which the workers can and should remove children in order to protect them. They should hire enough workers so that they are not understaffed and dont have to falsify records to show they have done the follow-up work they are suppossed to do. here in Florida for goodness sakes they have gone through several new directors in the past couple years and we still cantget the agency to work properly. WE have kids dying in boot camps because the people running them use excessive force and kids being returned to parental homes because the agency has falsified records saying that the atmosphere is safe. I am sure that Florida is one of the worst states for children protection and I cant tell you how sad I am about it. I write letters, I send e mails, I talk to the different advocacy groups I have access to and still it seems there is no progress. I cant tell you how frustrating and sad this makes me. Somehow, we have go to find a way to better protect our future resources, our children.

Melanie T (82)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 9:29 am

Simone Duffin (1462)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 9:33 am
Noted. Thank you Charles.

Charles C (160)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 9:36 am
Thanks for the star Holly.....
Candee - Just what I have been saying all along!! The agencies that (supposedly) protect children need a complete overhaul, beginning at the top!! I have been all over them here in Florida, and still no changes!!
They probably know me on a first name basis by now......and I will continue to be relentless until the necessary changes are made to protect children!!!

Tim Redfern (581)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 10:50 am
Mary says she's had Dana's three sons handed over to her three different times. Family members say Dana's lost custody a total of six times since her oldest son was born.

SIX TIMES?! They gave the boy back SIX TIMES?! Holly, DSS must stand for Dumb Stupid Shits! I swear, agencies like Child Protective Services and the like are either harrasing good and innocent parents for non-events, or they're phucking up like in this case, re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. A 4500 volt cattle prod.....I still can't get my mind around that. We're living in a time when spanking your child can get you arrested if your child decides to drop a dime on you. Folks, when WE were growing up they called it "discipline" they call it "child abuse".
Charles, thank you for the post. And, like me, when you were growing up I'm sure you got your share of butt-whoopings...but only when we had it coming!

Pamela Salomon (255)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 11:23 am
Thank you Charles. Just because some people can have kids, doesn't mean that they should have kids. I would like to stick her with that cattle prod. What the hell is wrong with DSS for giving the kids back over and over.

Lucky Children A (104)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 12:16 pm
Noted, thank you Charles.
What sort of mad people could act so cruely.
The firsts years of live are the most important for development of children.
What a sadness, what a shame.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 12:19 pm
noted and why in Gods name did they ever make such of a device. It hurts animals and humans.

Jaclin S (230)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 12:36 pm
Noted. Thanx Charles. My thoughts are for those two boys being sent back time and time again to those people and the utter torment they've had to endure. I shake my head it is too much to imagine. For me at presenet I can find no words to describe two people such as these. So Sorry!!!

Pamela Kemp (95)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 12:37 pm
OMG. Now this is my hot button. Someone needs to tie those two to a post and use the cattle prod on them. I know that's not the answer but how can anyone do that to children.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 12:47 pm
I think it is all gonna come to a head soon,then all you gotta do is remove all sharp objects ,place your head between your knees and kiss your sweet ass goodbye!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 12:52 pm
Thanks Charles, sadly noted with disbelief....this is unimaginable, did they" DSS" ever not go through the files of this sub-human of a person and not know what she was doing to her own children? and why would they be returned, time and time again, to get the prod again, what the hell is wrong with DSS? and the sub-human that would do such a thing (i can't even imagine the torture those children went through, bless their souls) to her own children....Children are gifts from our Creator, not to be hurt or touched in a bad way, but to be here to learn good positive things..I feel for these heart goes out to them...having an animal for a parent...sorry, but i would like if she got the cattle prod used on her to see how it feels maybe?....bless all the abused children in the world....

Margaret B (164)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 3:01 pm
Dss or whatever it was called in the 40's will never admit they handle any case wrong, it was always that they did not have full records, yadda yadda and yes I know what I am talking about. And it is not just the parents who treat children so badly it is also foster and/or adoptive parents. And I can tell you that cattle prods DO hurt! Everyone keeps saying how can such things be done to is done because they can and because that is all they control, someone smaller than themselves!

RC deWinter (418)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 3:24 pm
Why in the name of the Goddess were these hepless children EVER given back to those people? We really DO need harsher parental custody termination standards!

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Wednesday September 12, 2007, 3:41 pm

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Wednesday September 12, 2007, 3:43 pm

Mara G (411)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 4:18 pm
Thanks Charles. Arghhh! Noted.

Barb K (1688)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 4:25 pm
Sweet God in Heaven!! I can't even begin to IMAGINE the HELL these boys went through!! But I do know that GOD IS NOTTTTTTTTTTTTT HAPPY WITH THEM AND I know for SURE we WON'T be seeing them in Heaven. Thanks Charles. Noted with a heavy heart. =(

Carolyn T (234)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 4:33 pm
Horrific report of sustained brutality yet even after this arrest this person they call "Mother" has had accesss to them! Ridiculous! So she can threaten them and "leave them scared" if they speak out--because they have been handed back to her before and they have no reason to think it is not going to happen again. With slight adjustment the word "scared" becomes "scarred". They are and will be the rest of their lives. So "child services" continues to be "child disservice" in Aiken. Sadly, only one example in one place when thousands of agencies just as mindless exist. If these misnamed "parents" do not do serious jail time--and I want them to experience the special treatment child abusers get in prison" then the state and federal governments should intervene and roll everyone out of the justice system. When they finish their jail time--then straight to a maximum security psychiatric unit they need to go. I do not want this to happen concurrently. I am wanting to ensure they never ever litter our streets and can never hurt these children and children they might one day have. Can you imagine the horror of their being "Grandma" and "Grandpa"! My insides are shaking I am so destroyed by this. Charles, I know it is with pain that you read report after report after report in the advocacy path you have chosen. Know that your dedication does not go unnoted. Even King Solomon would struggle with this issue.

Elle J (276)
Wednesday September 12, 2007, 5:00 pm
Noted! Thanks Charles. I think if I was Grandma I would have kidnapped the children from their parents. DSS is obviously run by a bunch of brainless twits. Who in their right mind would return these poor children to these demented a**holes? The parents picture looks like they are several bricks short of a load. I am so furious, I would like to go to Aiken, SC and cattle prod the parents. Do you think they would say it hurts? My Dear Lord, I just can't seem to wrap my mind around such cruelty. God Bless those poor children.

Charles C (160)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 9:18 am
It boggles my mind how these Monsters even consider some of the horrible things they inflict on their own children!!
I would love to meet these people and I sure know where I would like to put that cattle prod, where the sun don't shine.....that was the nicest of the the thoughts I had on what their punishment should be!!!

Cheryl B (375)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 3:27 pm
sadly noted and catching up on messages. I have seen this done to animals internally, and find it horrifying, and can't say much more

RIP Sweet Mya Papaya (56)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 4:17 pm
Cattle prods should NOT be used on children!
They should NOT be used on Elephants
They should NOT be used on Cattle

They should be banned outright! This is an outrage!

Marian E (152)
Thursday September 13, 2007, 9:31 pm
No Mya, cattle prods should not be used on any living creature, but beating a child until his "butt was pure mushy....purple", isn't allowed either. This is the kind of ongoing abuse that leads to a child committing suicide. In this case, DSS is damn lucky that hasn't happened.

Thank you Charles.

Julia D (92)
Friday September 14, 2007, 6:00 am
How in the world could they return these children to their parents? What kind of people work in these institutions???

Jennie B (14)
Saturday September 15, 2007, 10:39 pm
Life w/o parole for child abusers and the children should receive free therapy for life. Disgusting. Noted.

Phyllis P (237)
Sunday September 16, 2007, 10:42 am
so sad...thanks for posting!!

Cris c (178)
Sunday September 16, 2007, 4:34 pm

Earline Clark (18)
Wednesday September 19, 2007, 7:37 pm
For those thinking a cattle prod wont hurt children, think of this, they are designed to bring down a grown bull. Yes they hurt and hurt bad. These people should never get these children back nor should they ever be allowed to have more. Parents should tell their children to run if they ever see these monsters. I can not believe what society allows our most precious assets go through for the sake of keeping families together.

Jay curnow (196)
Saturday September 29, 2007, 3:19 pm
has anyone heard of any developements on this case?

Patricia George (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 9:22 pm
Dana n kip never served a day in jail for what they did to my nephews.. the oldest two boys are 18 and 20 now the youngest is still in dss foster care. The boys had a hellious life with Dana ..I my self reported to dss serval times through out their childhood. Just for her to get them back even the kids reported what she was doing. They moved from barnwell sc because dss was on them there as well.. as when they lived in blackville sc. It was way over 6 times more like 100 times over the years. They were taken from her 5 times and returned.
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