Today's blog is not about preservation or interior design. Its about a little girl. I debated on writing this but as I did not get the response I would expect from a city official I am making sure everyone knows about it because perhaps as a community we can get something done and maybe a small child will have a chance at a better life.
We have a registered sex offender in our neighborhood, in the 1800 Block of Knox. Not an uncommon situation they are in every neighborhood in this city. These "people' have to have place to live and I will not debate the merits of that. Every block has a 'problem property', certainly this one serves as our "Number 1". In addition to the registered sex offender there are at least 5 other people living in the house. One of those people is ANOTHER registered sex offender, and elderly man who was convicted of the rape of a minor child. Another individual is going to court soon for breaking and entering a house next door in order to run an electrical cord to the house when the electricity was turned off.. Its back on because :"Heroin boy Jack" as he is known in the neighborhood is running a con on some old man he befriended. I don't know what it involves but it got his power back on. The property was without running water for months. "Heroin Jack" has a street key and kept turning it on. Finally they came in and put concrete in. The Neighborhood Association, seeing an opportunity, contacted building inspections, they came out issued an ultimatum and somehow they scraped together the money to get some of the back bill paid and the water back on. That was complaint number 8 in the two years hes been there, everything from trash and debris to junk vehicles. If this were Hyde Park he'd be long gone by now.....but its not. Police Runs are frequent to this address "Heroin Jack is in and out of our "revolving door' justice system. he is known to rant and rave when he is high and many of the elderly neighbors live in fear of him. Living in this 'cesspool' there is a 2 year old child.
Why I am personally fed up:
Its Saturday Morning, the day after they apparently had a big party. The old guy got his social security check and they all partied. They are all still wide awake, no doubt from all the drugs they have been taking. We are working in our yard. I see a silver Alitma pull up. The MOTHER of this child goes out money and drugs are exchanged and she heads back inside.
"Heroin Jack" is bouncing around the neighborhood carrying the two year old. He puts her on his shoulders and is running about and he is obviously high. I decide I have to get some evidence and I tell Greg to take a picture in my direction of me working but to really try to get a snapshot of "Heroin Jack" and the child.. After some attempts using the telephoto we get a shot of "Heroin Jack" holding this child. I have intentionally blurred the photo here to protect the identity of the young girl .
Of you are like me you are probably sick to your stomach at the thought of this small child living in this drug house with two registered sex offender's and a mother who is buying drugs on the street. So I do what you would do I tell someone. In this case I emailed our local police liaison including the photo, and I cc'd city building inspections and Ron Wahl who works for Roxanne Qualls. credit where credit is due, Ron gets back to me almost immediately and informs me that he has forwarded my concern he let me know he forwarded this to the police and the prosecutor in charge of sex offenders.
I was not prepared for the response however I received from this city official Thomas Bierdon assistant city solicitor.
Because both men are currently not on Parole, nor Probation, they are registering every 90 days as they are required to do, and do not live within 100 ft of a school the city can do NOTHING!
REALLY? a two year old child is living in a house with a drug addicted mother and two registered sex offenders, numerous other people , all in a two bedroom house. There are numerous police runs to the address, the property has been cited numerous times for trash and debris and it's a known drug house.
I am just astounded by that! That's why I wrote about this today , in the hope that someone reading my blog knows somebody who can stop this. Apparently I don't have the right connections and the city could care less.