Living on bare minimums


First Posted: 12/18/2014

LIMA — While her son sits in prison, awaiting trial for attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault, Kaye sits at home with her two grandchildren.

Their house is missing large chunks of drywall, and sheets are hung up instead of doors in their doorways.

Kaye keeps the oven on and opened to heat their home.

Kaye’s son was in the midst of renovating their home, but the opportunity was cut short when he was taken into jail earlier this year for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend after she allegedly stabbed him first.

While Kaye was at the police station, giving her statement of the incident, her home was robbed. The robbers took the children’s toys, clothes and game consoles.

“I have nothing for them now,” Kaye said. “What am I to do?”

Kaye is in the process of obtaining custody of her two grandchildren and just had the boys approved to receive food stamps.

Kaye’s grandchildren are ages 7 and 9 and have begun to show symptoms of past trauma of abuse and neglect from their mother. Both children want their dad home.

Ryan, 9, has a strong connection to his grandmother and insists on helping her up and down the stairs. He barks at his 7-year-old brother, Devin, to help him do the same.

Ryan is beginning to show signs of anger against his mother and the situation he and his family are currently in. Kaye said he receives counseling.

Kaye was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has lost nearly all function in her left hand. Her husband, Mark, is legally blind and can’t work.

Kaye fears her declining health will cause more medical bills and stress on her already hectic lifestyle. She said anything would be a help, as they’re living on bare bones.

Eventually, Kaye wants to sell their home and move away from Lima, but in its current condition, she fears she won’t get much for its value.

Devin wears a small to medium T-shirt size, an 8 to 10 boy’s pants and a size 1 in children’s shoes.

Ryan wears a medium to large t-shirt size, a 10 to 12 boy’s pants and a size 4 in children’s shoes.