The couple also has five daughters but they “are not treated in the manner described.”
“Normal” is the word that neighbors would have earlier used to describe the Davis family, living in Spring Hill, Florida. But recent events have left the neighbors shocked, not only to find out that a boy was being abused inside the house by his parents but also to discover that there was a boy living in the house in the first place.
Some neighbors believed that Daniel Andrew Davis, 37, and Kelley Lynne Davis, 36, had only five daughters. They would often see the girls around the house but never saw any signs to suggest that Daniel and Kelley also had an 8-year-old son. And that is probably because the couple would abuse the child by keeping him locked up in a dark room for up to 12 hours at night.
Trapped in a room that had no electricity and no light, the child was cut off from bathroom access for long hours as well. When officers arrived at the house, they found that the boy was forced to stay in the room that was smeared with his own feces and covered with urine because he had no other choice but to relieve himself there. The only window in the room was boarded up and the electricity to the room was cut off with a circuit breaker.
The only items the boy had in the room were a mattress and a blanket. It was also reported that the daughters in the house “are not treated in the manner described,” reported FOX 13.
The boy’s father, Daniel “freely admitted, without hesitation, that the dogs in the household had more freedom and better living conditions than the victim,” according to detectives. The couple also admitted to leaving the boy in the filthy room when he misbehaves.
It was only when the boy set the mattress in his bedroom on fire that authorities finally found out about his miserable living conditions. “There was another sibling in the house that slipped a book of matches to the victim and the child took the matches to start the fire,” said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, who also described the parents as “pure evil,” according to FOX 13 in Tampa Bay.
In the past, there were a number of 911 calls made over the last year from the Davis residence. One neighbor even reported to the police about a boy coming into their garage in search of food. But nothing led to the boy being discovered until his mattress was set ablaze. When deputies and Pasco County Fire Rescue firefighters arrived, they found the destitute conditions that the boy was living in.
One of the couple’s neighbors, Charles Clutter told Tampa Bay Times about the family, “They seemed normal. You truly don’t know who your neighbors are.”
Kelley and Daniel were arrested on October 5 but were later released on $10,000 bonds.
While speaking to reporters, Nocco said about the incident, as quoted by New York Post, “This is heartbreaking. This child was horribly treated out there. And so, you know, as a law enforcement officer, they say be tough, be strong, I’ll tell you, this is one of those cases that just hearing about it, it will keep me up.”