“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.” ― Dave Pelzer, A Child Called "It" link
Dee is hoping her internet holds on long enough for her to write a couple of short posts today. I don't think we were ready for the serious consequences of the hurricane in North Carolina. It seems that hurricanes are categorized by wind speed. When it hit the NC coast, it was downgraded to a Category 1 storm. However, that says nothing about the bands of heavy rain and did it ever rain in Raleigh. Our shallow rooted loblolly pine trees can easily topple with too much water. Many people were without electricity but, for a change, our house had power. The flooding was terrible and on Monday, there were widespread outages of Time Warner cable which included me! It looks like we are back in business today!
My husband and I are fans of America's Got Talent. We enjoy the variety which included everything from music to dancing to magic. I remember watching this particular act when they first appeared on AGT. They are called The Willis Clan which is comprised of the 12 children in the family. I enjoyed their performance but I remember thinking that they reminded a bit of the Duggars. They did very well, making it to the quarterfinals but they didn't win. With their decent act, I knew they would make money.
Why they reminded me of the Duggars.
- All of the kids have names that start with *J* just like the Duggar kids.
- They got their own TLC reality show which started in 2015, just like the Duggar.
- They are conservative Christians. According to People Magazine
The Christian family does not believe in premarital sex and none of them drink alcohol. However, in June 2015, the family told PEOPLE about the “open mind” parenting Toby and Brenda show their children.
Shades of the Duggars! The father was just charged with raping an immediate family member who was 12 or younger.
There was recently an arrest of the Willis father, Toby. On 9/14/16, The Daily Beast posted The Willis Clan No More: A Christian Family Band Comes Apart Amid Child Rape Allegations. It is evident from the report that he had allegedly molested a family member who was aged 12 or younger.
The TBI began investigating Willis on Aug. 29 after receiving information that Willis had a sexual encounter about 12 years ago with an underage child, according to a police statement issued after Willis’s arrest. In Tennessee the charge of child rape applies to the sexual assault of children between the ages of 3 and 12.
Nashville’s Newschannel5 reported Wednesday night that Willis had allegedly been charged with raping a family member. It said the family member had been “removed by Willis from her bed and raped.” It also reported that “authorities confirmed Willis was not allowed to go around his biological children or his wife.”
According to Fox 17 Nashville, this happened 12 years ago.
Toby Willis was arrested in Greenville, Ky. and has since been jailed in Cheatham County. He is charged with rape of a child for an alleged relationship 12 years ago.
According to The Daily Beast, the mother is supporting the District Attorney in the investigation and has canceled all family appearances.
We are cancelling all appearances for the foreseeable future to focus on the children and their well-being. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We have, and will continue, to fully cooperate with law enforcement officials and ask that you direct all inquires regarding Toby Willis’ case to the District Attorney’s office who have our complete support.”
How strange. Just like the Duggars, old charges of molestation came to the surface. The mother did not say whether or not she knew of this situation but how did it get out? It is enough for me to start viewing all large families with very cute kids with concern.