Written up the Bryant case

I have written Austin and Edward Bryant’s casefiles for posting on Charley later today, and I am feeling sick at heart. It’s a very sordid story. It’s baby farming: their so-called parents adopted NINE children and collected government subsidies to the tune of $120,000 a year. They abused Austin, at least, rather horribly. They admit that when the boys disappeared — at the ages of seven and nine, approximately — they deliberately didn’t report it because they wanted to keep the money coming.

And I’m sure that’s not all that they’ve done.

AND no one bothered to report it for ages. I’m sure quite a few people — adults — must have been aware of the abuse, at least, if not the children’s disappearances, but no one did a damn thing about it.

I wonder about the adoption authorities in Colorado, too. So they weren’t supposed to keep checking on the boys after they had been adopted — I can understand that. But didn’t somebody stop to think that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea for a couple to adopt nine kids, most or all of them with special needs? That they probably wouldn’t be able to handle it? Even good, loving parents with the best intentions would probably find themselves overwhelmed. It seems like there ought to be a limit to how many children you’re allowed to adopt. I don’t know. It just seems like somebody dropped the ball.

I don’t get it. I’ve studied this extensively, read about it, basically devoted my life to it. But I still do not understand why people can be so cruel and callous to each other.

My heart bleeds for those two boys.

8 thoughts on “Written up the Bryant case

  1. Marlene April 1, 2011 / 4:10 pm

    let’s go back a ways. Why did Child services or whoever, let these people adopt that many kids? wouldn’t they even be concerned that the kids wouldn’t get enough attention or proper care? or were they just glad to have these kids taken out of the group homes? Let’s face it, stuff like this doesn’t happen when people are doing their jobs.

    • Meaghan April 1, 2011 / 4:28 pm

      It may have been a situation where the social workers were just happy to find a permanent home, any home, for a bunch of older special needs kids (who are very hard to place).

      • forthelost April 1, 2011 / 6:44 pm

        I agree, and the parents who take in a lot of kids have on many occasions proven to be in it for the paychecks. (Google the Gravelles, the Leonards, the Schmitzes, Diana Lyn Groves, the DiMarias, and many others.) I know some people want to help children when they adopt, but some people also see it as easy money.

  2. dede April 1, 2011 / 4:51 pm

    I feel exactly as you do.I first heard abpout the boys a few weeks ago and heard of the Torment thigs the so called parents had done.THEY KILLED those boys sure as shootin!
    I just cannot get why they are not being chareged with their disappearnce etc.I PRAY that JUSTICE will prevail for those precious boys,and where are the vother children?

    • Meaghan April 1, 2011 / 5:06 pm

      I expect the police are waiting and trying to find solid evidence of foul play before they proceed with further charges against the Bryants. The whole “defrauding the state of 175k” thing should be enough to keep them in cold storage for a long time.

  3. Princess Shantae April 1, 2011 / 5:51 pm

    I think social workers and people in general kinda have a blind spot when it comes to people that adopt a lot of kids, esp older ones that are hard to place. They get all romantic and think oh isn’t that sweet and selfless of them to take in all these poor kids. They don’t want to believe anybody would take on that kind of burden for the money. Its like there’s a spell put on them.

  4. Princess Shantae April 1, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    I submitted this by accident before I was done. 🙂 I was going to add that its similar to what happened with that Dorothea Puente. Those social workers just saw a sweet older grandma type lady who was willing to take in old homeless people with mental problems and all, and it never occurred to them that she might be after their checks.

  5. Kat April 1, 2011 / 7:02 pm

    Class acts, those two. And in response to an earlier comment, looks like the placement wasn’t so permanent, unless that was permanent as in dead. *snort* I am so sick of people like this making the news, FINALLY, years after they’ve been sucking benefits dry and abusing kids. What the hell is wrong with people? On the other hand, you have people like the Byrds down in FL, who did a great job with a ton of kids and look what happened to them.

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