Women accused of locking boy in crate, pouring syrup and kitty litter on him

Sarah Elizabeth McClain, 30, and Crystal Jean Hostetter, 24

Sarah Elizabeth McClain, 30, and Crystal Jean Hostetter, 24

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (WGCL) — Two Douglas County women have been arrested after they allegedly put a 6-year-old boy in a small dog crate and poured syrup and kitty litter on him.

The child’s mother, Crystal Jean Hostetter, 24, and her girlfriend, Sarah Elizabeth McClain, 30, both of Douglasville were both charged with cruelty to children.

According to Douglasville police, a neighbor of the home on Hagin Street witnessed the incident on Saturday and called the Department of Children and Family Services emergency hotline.

After not getting through to anyone, on Monday the neighbor called the child’s school and school officials contacted DFACS.

According to police, Hostetter and McClain locked the boy in a small dog cage for hours, poured syrup and cat litter on his hands and feet and made him hold a brick over his head.

Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack said the boy suffers from a condition and doesn’t like sticky things.

While inside the cage, the child allegedly began screaming, “Please don’t kill me.”

Officials said the women claimed they were disciplining him.

Police said the home was covered in fleas from their three cats.

The couple moved to Douglasville from Pennsylvania on March 1 and police are looking into whether there have been reports in Pennsylvania of similar punishments.

CNN contributed to this report

22 comments

  • JERRY JACKSON

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH ALL THIS MOTHER!!!!!!!!! SOMEBODY NEED TO LOCK HER UP AND DO THE SOMETHING TO HER, THAT SHE DID TO HIM FOR AT LESS 10 YEARS

  • Kay A Cecil

    what the hell is wrong with this woman. Take the boy away from her, sterlize her so she can’t have anymore children, lock her up for the next umpteen years (both of them, in an all male prison btw) , pour syrup and cat litter all over both of them…daily

    • lisa

      They need to pour hot TAR all over both of them and they roll them in feathers and then Lock them both in one cage and throw away the key and leave em there till they kill over

  • Mark Stabler

    Two more individuals not fit to be parents. SO why does the Department of Children and Family Services have an emergency hotline if no one is available to answer the calls and initiate action. Two days later might very well be fatal in many cases. Child services across the country needs some serious review and revisions.

    • Alia

      Because Georgia has made some very very stupid cuts to their department of children and family services to the point where you can call and call and nothing is done or no one is there to pick up the phone. This is really deadly since some children could be dead or seriously injured by the time they DO respond. Sadly, it is faster for people witnessing the abuse to take pictures and video of what’s happening and go to the police directly or to the child’s school (because they’ll respond to abuse calls if the school does it but not a civilian which is another problem with Georgia’s DCFS).

  • nj

    I don’t know whats going on with these crazy people doing horrible things to their children. If they don’t want them there are a lot people who can not have children that would probably not mind taking them.

  • Evona

    Jail just wont help people like this nor change the way they think. They need to be thrown in a padded room in a nut house and throw away the key!!!

  • Ty Raid @WM2793

    They’ll probably play the victims.
    They were mistreated as kids,daddy didn’t respect their choices.

  • Suzi

    As long as alcoholic drug addicts as rewarded with money, phones, & food, increasing with every unwanted child they produce, these children will continue to suffer…

  • Ron Speaks (@wRaldri)

    Two of the dots that aren’t connecting for this so called “parent” is that the child has a condition, possibly autism, which needs special therapeutic intervention…not some heavy handed punishment that will do absolutely no good.

  • tammy holbrook

    THIS IS MESSED UP AND I THINK YOU SHOULD HANG THEM UP BUT NAKED AND LEAVE THEM THEIR TO DIE CAUSE THESE WOMEN DID NOT DESERVE TO LIVE AFTER TH AT AND THAT IS ALL WRONG BUT GOD WILL GET THEM FOR THAT CAUSE THAT IS NOT RIGHT CAUSE GOD WILL GET THEM FOR THIS ALL OF THE COMMENTS I HAVE READ YOU ARE ALL RIGHT ROCK ON AND LET US SHOW THESE MOTHERS THAT THEY CAN’T DO THAT TO THESE CHILDERN GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  • Jess

    Ephesians 6:4

    King James Version (KJV)

    4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

  • Lynne

    so many people in this world would love to have children but cant, it is ashame that people like this have children and sometimes by the dozen that most of the time our taxes are paying to raise them while they are being treated badly. place these kids in adopted homes and cut them off, they shouldnt be able to play the system. sad truth…. this child will proably go back to this home.

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