Grandparents Kept Kid Locked in Bathroom for 6 years

by

1 comment

harts.jpg

Two Dayton-area parents are officially our Shitheads of the Week after police say they kept their granddaughter locked in a bathroom for six years.

Brian Hart, 52, and Rivae Hart, 49, were the girls' legal guardians. Unfortunately. They're now charged with kidnapping and child endangerment because the little girl was barricaded in a bathroom (with a cot), whenever she wasn't in school. It was at school that the girl told a counselor about her situation. Authorities were then contacted for an investigation.

Why did the grandparents lock her up? Behavioral problems, they claim. Sure. Police say the girl is completely normal and the duo are just a pair of deranged lunatics. During chats with cops, the Harts relayed details that matched the girls story. They would occasionally let her out of the bathroom on when relatives visited, but reports pinpoint the last such vacation from the confines of the bathroom at Christmas 2007.

The Dayton Daily News reports:

Four children lived at the family’s apartment at 4825 Hassan Circle, including the victim, her brother, and the Harts’ two biological sons, who are 12 and 14, Stevens said. All of those children are in foster care, she said.

The girl told a school nurse about her captivity, and the nurse contacted children services, Tolpin said.

Stevens said children services opened a case on Jan. 18. She said the girl was singled out for the treatment.

Tolpin said the girl was locked in a bathroom, barricaded behind two dressers, from the time she came up from school until the time she left again the next morning.

“Meals were inconsistent at best and basically the living conditions were deplorable,” Tolpin said.

The girl slept on a fold-up cot with a blanket but no pillow, Tolpin said.

Hopefully the Harts will be spending some time in a lockup of their own soon.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.