Charlotte couple charged with chaining son to wall


Jessica Van Effen, 19, left, comforts her mom, Rachel Blow, during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, in Port Charlotte, Fla. William Ernest Blow II, 45, and Rachel, 37, of Port Charlotte, Fla., were charged with child abuse for shackling their 16-year-old in his bedroom Monday to keep him from misbehaving, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said.

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Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
PORT CHARLOTTE - A Port Charlotte couple were charged with child abuse Tuesday after authorities discovered their 16-year-old son chained to his bedroom wall.
William Ernest Blow, 45, and his wife, Rachel Ann Blow, 37, of Port Charlotte, told Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies they were chaining Rachel Blow's 16-year-old son in his room after he got home from school in order to keep him from running away or getting into trouble.
Deputies on Monday found the boy lying on a mattress on his bedroom floor, held by a series of chains.
A sheriff's arrest report says a chain wrapped around the boy's ankle was connected to a handcuff on his wrist. That chain was then attached to a baseboard on the bedroom wall and fastened with a padlock.
Rachel Blow's 17-year-old daughter reported the abuse and took photos of the crime with her cell phone camera, the report states.
The daughter told deputies that her stepfather, William Blow, picked her brother up from school Monday and took him to work, where Blow then chained the boy to a trailer until he could take him home.
When deputies confronted the couple about the incident Monday, the boy's mother told deputies there was nothing wrong with chaining up her son.
"Basically, she said she agrees with what her husband was doing," said Bob Carpenter, spokesman for the sheriff's office.
According to the report, Rachel Blow told deputies the boy was chained because it was the only way she could keep him from running away from home or getting into trouble.
Authorities do not know how long the couple has been chaining the boy in his room.

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