An emergency room doctor suspected abuse when the
youngest was taken to the hospital for a cut on his forehead. The doctor
noticed that the boy was unwashed, reeked of cigarette smoke and had
bruises consistent with pinching. That led authorities to the apartment,
where authorities said all the surfaces were covered with flies and
that about an inch of solidified cat feces covered with urine lay
beneath one of the boy's beds.
Prosecutors said it was one of
their most horrific cases, but Colorado's child abuse laws kept them
from pursuing harsher penalties because the children didn't suffer
serious physical injuries.
After the boys were rescued and given
bagged lunches to eat, they acted as if they hadn't seen food before,
patting the sandwiches and playing with the apples, a detective
testified during Bailey's sentencing hearing. An adult mimed eating an
apple to encourage them to eat; they licked the fruit instead.