Tiara Dawn Phillips and Jerry Edward Phillips
She’s 27-year-old Tiara Dawn. He’s 31-year-old Jerry Edward. Not pictured in the family photo is their 9-year-old son. He’s not in the picture because he and his three siblings, ages 8, 3, and 1 year are no longer in the company of Mum and Dad but have been turned over to their grandparents.
It would appear that Mr. and Mrs. Phillips were not the type to tolerate their youngster getting into mischief. He threw rocks at a bus, you see, the sort of thing that must not go unpunished. So they grounded him and they lectured him on the importance of respecting the property of others.
No! I’m lying. What they really did was to make him stand with his arms outstretched, holding a can of food in each hand. If he lowered his arms, he got some positive reinforcement in the form of a belt across his back.
Later, to make sure the lesson was thoroughly driven home, they put tacks in his shoes.
He tried to walk on tiptoe so the tacks wouldn’t puncture the soles of his feet. The 100 or so tiny puncture wounds found by investigators indicate he didn’t have such good luck with that.
A little before 10pm on Thursday, October 16, the 9-year-old decided to make his move. He fled his home barefoot and ran to the nearby Upstate Body Shop. The shop would normally have been closed, but employees have been moving equipment at night. One of those employees was in his vehicle when a kid ran up, tapped on the glass, and asked for a ride to Wal-Mart. The body shop employee was cautious, and asked the boy if he was meeting someone there. In the end, the story of torture came out and the shop employee called police, then hid the 9-year-old in a car until police arrived.
When asked about the “punishment”, Tiara Dawn Phillips said:
That was a stupid thing to do.
Praise God for the repentant.
Detective Billy Odom described the kid as “intelligent” and, although not a child psychologist, he judged that the boy was doing pretty well. He added:
His injuries are quite extreme. I would compare them to POW extreme.
Physically, his back, shoulders, and arms are covered in bruises. And there’s the human-pincushion problem with his feet. That the kid’s psyche is in one piece is a blue-eyed miracle.
The boy’s statements and the evidence indicated “violent and extreme punishment”, including beatings with a belt studded with tacks. A neighbor claims:
The kids used to come to my house not one day, but every day, wanting something to eat.
Mum and Dad are basking in striped sunshine until one or both can figure out how to come up with the $50,000 bail (each) that the judge assigned. Even if they come up with the money, their release is conditional on counseling—which they’ll have to undergo before they can see any of their four kids without supervision. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison.
And to top it all off, Tiara Dawn Phillips is 8 months pregnant with another little punching bag.
Do Tiara Dawn Phillips and Jerry Edward Phillips deserve Hell?
- Yes (93%, 597 Votes)
- No (7%, 42 Votes)
Total Voters: 639
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