Loi Vu and Tracy Le Face Felonies for Keeping 11 y.o. Son with Severe Autism in "Kennel"

See the next page for the identities and mug shots of the parents slapped with felonies in the case.

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Not the cage in question, but close

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 8:35 A.M.: The parents of a severely autistic child who'd been kept caged in their Anaheim home were arrested last night, and the boy and his younger siblings were taken into protective custody.

Felony imprisonment and child-endangerment counts are now hanging over the heads of the parents, who are from Vietnam and do not speak English fluently. Their 11-year-old boy is unable to communicate in any language, according to police.

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Mugshots courtesy of APD
Loi Vu
A tip to Child Protective Services (CPS) about a child being caged in a residence in the 1300 block of Garrett Street led police to the single-family home around 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to Lt. Bob Dunn, the Anaheim Police spokesman.

Dunn told City News Service reports of the boy's length of time in the cage, which is normally used to house a pet, ranged from months to years. The child had apparently become too difficult to control, so the parents resorted to the cage, Dunn added.

Care workers are going to try to figure out how to communicate with the boy, who is in the custody of CPS along with his 10-year-old brother and 8-year-old sister. All three appeared to be in good health.

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Tracy Le
UPDATE, JULY 2, 11:27 A.M.: The parents who were arrested have been identified as father Loi Vu, 40, and mother Tracy Le, 35.

"The preliminary investigation revealed information that the victim's parents may have resorted to placing their son in the dog kennel to help control his behavior and frequent 'outbursts' relating to his autism," reads a statement from Anaheim Police Lt. Bob Dunn.

"The victim was otherwise healthy and appeared to be having his basic needs met."

The kennel inside the home contained a mattress with bedding, Dunn added.

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LostxBoy
LostxBoy

When the truth comes out, it will show this child wasn't in the cage for more than 10-20 minutes at a time. It is unreasonable to say that they should've watched him 24/7. Are they not suppose to shower, do laundry, cook, ect...


The child was placed in there for his own safety because he was injuring himself and run on to the street. Any parent with a toddler would remember putting their kid temporarily in a playpen for their own safety. 


What would you do with a special-needs 11 year old with the mind of a 2 year old? Find a playpen thats 6 feet tall with a bed and toys in it? Or is it better to tie him up?


What can the government do to assist in this situation? What would YOU do?

aresfour
aresfour

i used to lock my Siberian Husky in a similar cage...


anyways,


i believe this is all a misunderstanding, please dont punish the parents or kids for this.. i myself barely make enough money to live on my own, let alone a couple with limited English speaking ability with 3 kids, 1 having Autism..


everyone please be nice, thank you :)

free2bcherih
free2bcherih

I know this child and family personally (no one who knew them suspected anything like this as they have always been very attentive to this challenging child's needs). Was this the best choice, definitely not. And I am not condoning their actions. However, if anyone is making a condemning judgment about this case without knowledge of SEVERE autism and all that goes along with it, then you are doing so without the true facts. I have worked with severe autistic children for over 2 decades and I can tell you that the parents & families can get desperate for answers. Many of those with severe autism only sleep a few hours a night, can be very violent & many are elopers. Meaning they can run away. Quickly. Just a few months ago, a 17 year old autistic young man I also know escaped from the group home he was living in, and was tragically hit and killed by a poor unsuspecting, innocent driver. Again, if you dont understand severe autism, you really cant understand this story. I pray for all involved. I also pray for thr general public to have a greater understanding of autism.

TammieCrystal Fonté
TammieCrystal Fonté

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION thank you! once this kid hits twelve and may hurt others, their only recourse will be calling the cops that will probably shoot him or throw him in juvie instead of get him help... autistic children in juvie and mental health facilities are outrageous due to JUDGMENT AND BLAME instead of RESOURCES AND EDUCATION!

Gladys Perez
Gladys Perez

i find it disturbing that a parent would do this to there child why not get help for there autistic child there so many programs out there that help children control there behavior i hope they rot in jail and that the child gets the help he needs

Luz Andaluz
Luz Andaluz

Clearly they love their kids as all three were healthy and had basic needs met. What's needed is parent education and resources for their autistic child. Perhaps they didn't reach out for help. Now they will get it and hopefully learn how to care for their son properly.

idancewithwolf
idancewithwolf

I hate when news stories try to be inflammatory  Another news story said the cage was about 51/2 feet long, by 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall.  So nothing like what they showed in the picture.  It was large enough for him to stand up in, lie down in, and move around.  Not excusing their actions but that wasn't the only info this writer twisted..  Some stories report that the boy was possibly only put in there when he was having violent outbursts and maybe only until he calmed down.  1 that I saw said that he wasn't in the thing when the police and CPS showed up.    If we are going to condemn people we need to have facts that are at least close to the truth.  Did the parents make the best choice, doesn't sound like it to me.  But we don't know what else they tried or exactly what the boys issues were.  They have 2 other children to protect.  What choice might be better with an uncontrollable child who has special needs, putting him somewhere that he can't escape or damage your house or hurt anyone for a short time?  :Pass him off on foster care?  Call the cops on a child who can't even speak?  I'd love to hear suggestions from all the haters on how you would handle a child like this?  Maybe you would beat him so he was afraid enough of you to behave...  Yeah sure... that would be less cruel..  (rolls eyes.)

Joey Rodriguez
Joey Rodriguez

Mercy , I couldn't stomach reading the whole article

Minh Vu
Minh Vu

What they did is truly horrid. However, I wonder if it's more due to lack of knowledge rather than plain cruelty. Just a thought though. Whether true or not we don't know at the moment so before we say rotten things maybe think for a second first.

Kellee Murphy
Kellee Murphy

A child needs love ... Always...How horribly sad it became to this.

Kelli Cook
Kelli Cook

Their jail cell needs to be a cage! They have messed their kids up for a long time.

Melody Ackroyd
Melody Ackroyd

The story about the 19 year cerebral palsy girl is way worse

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Can we get a kennel, properly sized, for the author of this article?  Anybody?  Little help?

Josh English
Josh English

Evil and disgusting. >:-( Sterilize those fuckers *now*, so they never pull this again, with another child.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I wonder how many people who are immediately condemning the parents have had a child with special needs or have had any experience with the autistic...

taidodinh
taidodinh

du ma stupid vietnamese go back to vietnamese

Traci Cox
Traci Cox

I can always better understand the childs actions when I meet the parents. Shame on them

Kal Schultz
Kal Schultz

Shit..... my parents skipped the cage and used "the belt" or "strap" as it was referred to when I was younger

Joseph Young
Joseph Young

And Btw the idea floated in the above story that says these "parents" (and I use that term very, very , very, very loosely) might have only put the kid in the cage because they didn't know any other way to control his outbursts? Yeah .....that's a huge insult to EVERYONE who has a autistic or special needs child that manages to find a way to control that child WITHOUT PUTTING THE CHILD IN A GODDAMN CAGE!!!!! So..... You asshats in the media can stop right now with that horseshit! Thanks.

Joseph Young
Joseph Young

Actually people who put kids on leashes are pretty scummy to..... Got it ? Good.

Craig Livingston
Craig Livingston

Well I suppose they are getting a good dose of what it's like being locked up in cage.

Andy Au
Andy Au

Put these parents to the animal control center and put them down

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Matt - The photo of the cage you posted is misleading.  On the Register, it shows the actual "cage" and two investigators are carrying it out.  The photo caption you posted was "not the cage, but close"...no, not even close.  

pharmasite
pharmasite

@free2bcherih I wish there is a way we can help. Has anyone set up a foundation to support these people. I really feel bad for them as I have quarantined my severely autistic child for short duration for his own safety.

Highway39
Highway39

@free2bcherih You are beyond right. I've worked with children like this in school and home settings for more than a decade. To commemorate my time with them, I have scars from bite wounds and slashings, a herniated disk, a fractured bone, and more bumps and bruises than I can count. I love my students fiercely, but unless you have been in a living situation with them, NO ONE understands how difficult it can be to keep a child like this from harming himself and those around him. People who think they have this family all summed up are dangerously ignorant, and callous. Autism isn't always Rain Man and Temple Grandin, and it's time that our lawmakers, educational leaders, and the medical community step up to the plate on the issue. On both the state and national level, we have FAILED to develop a functioning support system for families in these situations, and stories like this are only going to get worse as the numbers of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise. My heart breaks for the children, the parents, and everyone else involved. This family needs HELP, not jail.

free2bcherih
free2bcherih

Inappropriate and profoundly offensive comment.

pharmasite
pharmasite

They hardly speak english. How do you expect them to find available resources. Autism awareness needs to be spread in the Vietnamese communities.

kayceedog17
kayceedog17

Gladys, do YOU have personal experience getting that help? I do, and you are WRONG thinking that there are "so many programs" for severely autistic children.  I've had my son excluded from day care for disabled kids, not because he was violent, but because he was "too much trouble". Unless you have personally found help for your child who is non-verbal and violent, you have no business making that statement.  It really isn't that simple, unless you're on the internet as a self-appointed "expert" all day --

Highway39
Highway39

....So, you just think those programs are free, right?! Yes, there are a ton of private companies who offer therapy services to families affected by autism. They cost upwards of $1,000 a month and more depending on the need of the child. Can you afford to pay over $12,000 a year for anything and still make rent, buy your food, pay for your other kids, etc? Do any of the private companies even have therapists that speak your language or understand your culture? Life, especially with autism, isn't that simple, sweetie.


willw233
willw233

@idancewithwolf your answer makes too much sense, contains logic and is practical so a lot of people just can't follow. I love how some of the commenters throw out the good ole "the parents just need to get help…" but I doubt any one of them would volunteer their time to watch the kid. 

idancewithwolf
idancewithwolf

@20ftjesus Another news story said it was about 51/2 feet long, by 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall.  So nothing like what they showed in the picture.   

willw233
willw233

None of them. Maybe they should go volunteer for a few days in the county classroom at the nearest school. 

kayceedog17
kayceedog17

Clearly you have no children and the school of hard knocks has made you an inexperienced expert.  I AM the parent of a child with severe autism and you insult me by pretending to know how it is.  I don't put my kid in a cage, and I've found ways to control my kid, but unlike you, I don't think that the whole world is just like mine. You have never gotten past the stage that very young toddlers go through where they believe the world is all about them. I would never put my kid in a cage, but seriously, you insult us much more with your narcissistic rant.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

I proudly wear my asshat, especially on Derby Day, but just to be clear I merely reported what the police spokesman said. Maybe we can come up with a list of things reporters find out that Joesph Young does not want the rest of the public to know, because it's all about him. Douche.

kayceedog17
kayceedog17

No, I don't.  And believe it or not, nobody is interested in your "parenting expertise" or lack there of.  Stick to what you're "good" at..... wearing (ass)hats. 

idancewithwolf
idancewithwolf

Clearly you have never had a child who will run off at the drop of a hat.  Chase your not quite 2 year old who can slip between shopping carts and people in aisles who won't move out of the way for a mother yelling stop, out the doors of a store where he almost make it into the parking lot before you catch him and see if you still think the parents are scummy.  My son would slip into cloths racks, dressing rooms, run toward the toy section in stores.  One time at an event I lost him for several minutes when a crowd came by and he slipped between some people who wouldn't let me through.  You can bet I put a leash on him.  I wasn't loosing my precious son because condescending people like you think there is something wrong with them.  Would it have been a better option to shove him in a cart or stroller everywhere we went?  I'll bet you would have be the same person who gives people dirty looks when their child is screaming a shopping cart because they are tired of being cooped up.  

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@949girl Hmmm, when I saw the folded-up version on my teevee, it looked close to me. Of course, I've never really shopped for cages.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker I'd love for you to investigate why Joseph Young wears fedoras in all of his profile pictures.  Is he balding?  And after that let me know if Pier 1 Imports has anything good on sale this week, mkay thanks.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @949girl Ok it did look folded up and it was quite large.  Two men had to carry it out and put it on a flatbed.  This was not the average dog kennel.  If anything it was built for a very large animal and a mattress was able to fit inside, so I'm thinking it had to fit a twin size mattress.  There is more to this story than the couple locking there son in a cage.  Wouldn't be surprised to see charges dropped when all of the facts come out.  Commenters on here always jump to conclusions.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@949girl @MatthewTCoker I did hear some "in the light of day" comments from the Anaheim police spokesman that made it seem to me that at least he's giving the parents the benefit of the doubt. We'll see what happens.

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