The tragic story of Christian Choate, the Gary, Indiana boy who was allegedly locked in a cage, beaten and ultimately killed by his father and stepmother, was apparently known to several family members, neighbors and others.
But almost all of the at least 13 people who knew about Choate's abuse didn't report it to authorities, out of either apathy, uncertainty, or fear of retribution
One person whose silence wasn’t motivated by fear was Dr. Leticia Chy-Koa, Christian’s pediatrician. In 2008, a year before his death, he told Dr. Chy-Koa that he was being locked in his home at night. She treated him for depression, anxiety and ADD, according to a separate story in the Times, and wrote in her notes that he was soiling himself. But she never contacted the Department of Child Services
A neighbor, Lori Wingard, was the only one of those who knew about the abuse to report it to authorities while Christian was alive. Wingard called DCS twice, according to NBC Chicago, suspecting that foul play was happening in the Choate-Kubina home. She recounts the time a case worker came to the house, but apparently didn’t go in: "Kim came out of the house and stood there at the sidewalk and talked to the lady, and I just remember thinking, 'Go inside,' said Wingard."
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