February 23, 2018 10:59 PM
Neighbors who live near the home prosecutors have dubbed the "House of Horrors" are shocked by new details in the case.
The news of abuse allegations against Jerry Curry and Shelia Wilson spread quickly up and down the stretch of 17th Avenue South near the home where the two lived with one child and two vulnerable adults who they cared for.
Karleen Bratland saw Curry's mug shot in an online article Thursday for the first time.
"I thought, oh my gosh, that's the guy," Bratland said. "That's the guy in our neighborhood who we've had so many problems with."
The single mom moved to the area in 2012 with her two adopted children. She said at the time, other families referred to the blue home as the block's "problem house." She recalls police being called there often.
Bratland said she even alerted the authorities to several problems over the years. She called animal control after witnessing Curry hit and kick a dog.
In 2014, Bratland said Curry verbally assaulted her then 12-year-old son after a neighborhood game of pickup football. After calling the police, Bratland and a close friend walked down to Curry's home to speak with him.
"My friend noticed the smell of feces and smells coming out of that house and mentioned that to the police," Bratland said. She said other neighbors tried to help over the years by calling child protection.
Bratland said the allegations fill her with regret.
"To just think they were just down the street from me and that they needed help and maybe they didn't even know how to ask for help," Bratland said. "I wish I could have done more. I had no idea these girls were living in those kind of conditions."
Updated: February 23, 2018 10:59 PM
Created: February 23, 2018 08:33 PM
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