Two young Wisconsin boys broke free from the house where they had been locked up for years, leading to charges against their mother and her boyfriend.
Katie Koch, 34, the mother of the children, and her boyfriend, Joel Manke, 38, are facing felony charges over their treatment of Koch’s two sons, ages 7 and 9, according to a report from ABC 7.
According to a criminal complaint, a neighbor first saw the children when they were looking through a shattered window last week, right before they climbed out onto an air conditioner, jumped down into the yard and then walked down the street naked and bloody.
“They were just walking different,” Eder said. “Their hair looked like it had never been brushed, never been cut. They didn’t know the outside existed.”
According to Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Mallory Davis, the house where the boys lived was like something out of a horror movie. (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office)
According to Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Mallory Davis, the house where the boys lived was like something out of a horror movie. Police who investigated the scene said much of the house was piled high with garbage and that the smell of feces was everywhere in the home. The boys’ room was able to be locked from the outside and inside while the walls were smeared with feces.
This view shows the Milwaukee County Courthouse in Wisconsin. (Google Earth)
The boys were taken into protective custody after Koch and Manke were arrested, with Davis saying their heads had to be shaved because they were covered in feces.
“These children have been horribly damaged from their mother’s actions,” Davis said. “They are completely uneducated. They are not potty-trained, even at their ages. They are, essentially at this point, unable to function in society.”