If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now
Posted by KindraLore on January 19, 2007
Shawn Hornbeck and his parents, Craig and Pam Akers appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show yesterday. (see previous post for picture)Craig and Pam Akers said that although Shawn has not discussed many details regarding his time in captivity with Michael Devlin, they believed their son was sexually abused.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey on a show that aired Thursday, Shawn’s parents said they have not asked their son what happened on the advice of child advocacy experts.
“OK, I’m going to go there and ask you, what do you think happened? Do you think he was sexually abused?” Winfrey asked Shawn’s parents, Craig and Pam Akers.
Both nodded and said, “Yes.”
The parents of a kidnapped Missouri boy said Thursday they believe their son was molested during the four years he was missing, and his grandmother claimed his captor had awakened the boy every 45 minutes, apparently as a way to control him.
Shawn’s grandmother, Anna Quinn of St. Louis, told the AP Thursday that the boy has not spoken Devlin’s name, and that he has said little to relatives about what he went through. But Shawn did tell his family that at times during his captivity, he would be awakened every 45 minutes by his captor.
“Think to yourself when you don’t get enough sleep,” Quinn said. “He had to do something to get his cooperation.”
“If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now,” Shawn said. “I’m thankful that he held in there for those few days. I told myself a long time ago I never wanted any kid to go through what I went through.”
On another note, Devlin appeared via a closed-circuit video link during Devlin’s arraignment, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 in Union, Mo. Devlin pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping Ben Ownby, 13. Reason noted for the video appearance was for security reasons.
According to reports Devlin will have a hard time with his case since he had previously confessed. His lawyers are already vying for a change of venue, stating that because of all the publicity, Michael Devlin will not be able to get a fair trial. (umm maybe they should conduct the trial on the space station because I believe everyone has heard of this case unless you are living under a rock)