Skip to comments.Police in abuse probe find child remains on Jersey [UK]
Posted on 02/23/2008 2:43:31 PM PST by BlackVeil
LONDON (AFP) - Police on the Channel Island of Jersey said Saturday they have found a child's remains at a former care home, adding that they could not rule out discovering more.
The remains were found at a youth hostel at Haut de la Garenne early Saturday on day four of a search as part of a probe into alleged child sex abuse over a 40-year period.
A spokeswoman for Jersey police said they "could not rule out" the possibility of finding more remains, adding: "We don't know yet if the skeleton is male or female, it is still very early stages.
"It is not thought the remains are recent".
The BBC quoted Jersey's deputy chief officer Lenny Harper, who is leading the investigation, saying that detectives "think there is the possibility they may find more remains".
It added that the remains likely date from the early 1980s.
Police on Jersey, a British crown dependency located off the coast of northern France, started their abuse probe in November last year and charged one man with three counts of indecent assault on girls under 16 between 1969 and 1979 last month.
The island's former health minister Stuart Syvret, who aired concerns last year triggering a review of childcare services on Jersey, told the BBC that the discovery was "not surprising".
"I am frankly very apprehensive about what else they will find," he said.
How could children “in childcare” go missing — and their parents don’t raise a huge alarm?
quite easily. i was a resident in this home from 1968 to 1972 and if we broke the rules, privileges would be stopped. these included home visits and visitors. punishments were harsh, especially if you didnt comply. at the age of 11 or 12 and after having spent six months in solitary confinement, in a cell with unbrakeable glass, feeling extremely vulnerable without clothes, knowing that anyone could look through the magnified peephole on the door at any time, (and they did too! cos i could hear them and saw their shadows come and go), i learnt to comply. there was no recreation during that time in the cell. i was locked up 24 hours a day for the whole of the six months. yet i wasnt a criminal. i just didnt get on with my parents, so i took them to court for mental and physical cruelty. of course, they won cos they could afford a solicitor. i couldnt and i would proven uncontrollable and given the choice of going to live with one of my sisters who were married or to go in the home. i didnt think it fair on my sisters cos they all had young families, so i chose the home. the six months in solitary was my introduction to haut de la garenne. the only contact i had with the outside world in that time was with a member of staff who insisted in supervising my showers and bathroom visits in case i might attempt suicide. i had never attempted that before, but rules were rules. i didnt see my parents for almost three years by the way, although i have to say it was partly cos i didnt want to, but certainly for the first six months and a few months thereafter, i was not allowed to see them. so its not so difficult to go missing without your parents knowledge is it???
At some point, did you come to regret that action?
"so its not so difficult to go missing without your parents knowledge is it?"
Unfortunately, very true. Its entirely too easy to abuse someone else's children, and it happens constantly in some institutions.
no. i never regretted that action. i was glad of it and still am to this day.
no. i have never regretted it and still havent to this day. it was one of the best things i did. it is sad that i couldnt get along with my parents, but i guess thats part of who i am today. i have a wonderful relationship with all six of my children. we are all good friends from the oldest to the youngest and that alone makes my life worthwhile.
My hat is off to you... Glad things turned out well!
thank you very much
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