DAYTON, Texas- Texas authorities said they removed 11 children from a home where a registered sex offender lives after they found eight children locked in a small, dark bedroom with restraints tying some to their beds. Along with the children, two teenage runaways with a stolen car were at the home, authorities said. The boys, both 16, admitted running away from foster homes. Along with the children, 10 adults were living in the home in Dayton. One person in Texas’ online sex offender registry listed the house as his address. Mark E. Marsh III was convicted in Michigan 15 years ago of criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl.
One month after a raid on the house, authorities are still trying to figure out how the children are related and why they were there. The children ranged in age from 5 months to 11 years. The children were removed after authorities found two 2-year-old children tied to a bed during a January visit to the home, according to a court document. A legally blind, 5-year-old girl was tied to a filthy mattress, and appeared to be in a daze, the document said. One child had a black eye and knocked-out tooth. The adults told investigators they tied the children when they slept or took a nap during the day “for safety,” the document said. An investigator said that none of the adults saw anything wrong with that. Two of the children had what authorities feared was pneumonia and were taken to a children’s hospital. All have since been placed in foster homes, Carter said. The case is still under investigation, and officials are looking into criminal charges.
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