by Dan Savage
on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 8:13 AM
When detectives investigating that unsolved July homicide went with a search warrant this month, they said they discovered something even more shocking inside: seven adopted children who recounted incidents of sexual abuse and beatings—all living in a home that had been converted into a strip club.... The kids, ages 6 to 11, told child protection workers they had seen parties at the converted strip club that stretched into dawn. They said they were beaten with sticks, belts and a metal cane. They were locked in their bedrooms without food—and threatened with a stun gun. A 7-year-old girl told authorities she was sexually abused on a bathroom floor. Several of the children said they saw it happen. Police have arrested the home owners Gregory Bernard Lacy, 60, and LaQuron Lacy, 43. They will be arraigned later this month on multiple counts of child abuse.... Despite the alleged beatings and the sexual abuse, [the children] told police they called the couple "mom" and "dad."