Father of the Year Timothy Phillips, 30, and his girlfriend, Lacey Chaney, 27, of Kansas City are what you may -- scum. The couple is behind bars after cops found they locked Timothy's 9-year-old daughter in the basement because Lacey didn't want to catch a yeast infection from her. Or something.
According to court records, a school nurse at an Independence, MO, school reported Friday that a 9-year-old student may have been the victim of abuse after the girl was sent to the nurse's office because she smelled strongly of urine. Court documents said the victim told the nurse that her private parts hurt so the nurse conducted an examination and found her vaginal area to be red and irritated. The little girl also told the nurse that she wasn't allowed to go to the bathroom in the house and was forced to go to the bathroom outside because her family didn't want to contract the infections she had. When Jackson County Sheriff's deputies responded, the victim's father and his girlfriend acknowledged they locked her in their unfinished basement with little food and water during the day as punishment for a recent school suspension. This was after Phillips "popped her in the mouth and whooped her on the butt." The basement door was secured with a lock and chain and had an alarm attached to the frame that would sound when opened from the basement. According to court documents, Phillips said he, his live-in girlfriend and her biological son live upstairs, while the little girl lives in the unfinished basement. He said they kept her downstairs because of her lack of bladder control, saying he "cannot afford to keep cleaning up after her" and that "when she pisses, she leaves a large puddle." Phillips also told police he knew that not bathing the little girl had caused several infections, but he hadn't gotten her treated because "what difference would it make, she is just going to piss on herself anyways." Chaney, the live-in girlfriend, said the little girl had been sleeping on an air mattress in the basement since February. According to court documents, she told police she believed the victim peed on herself to "keep people away" and "to make people not want" the victim. Chaney also said she made the little girl go to the bathroom outside because she claimed she got a yeast infection from using the same toilet as the little girl. [...] Phillips told police he only bathes the girl "every five days or so" and that he doesn't think she likes to bathe because of past sexual assault and physical abuse that took place in the shower. He said he determines when to bathe her based on how bad she smells. According to court documents, Phillips also told police he didn't wash the little girl's clothing regularly because he doesn't own a functioning washing machine. Chaney was able to tell police when was the last time her son saw a pediatrician and who the doctor was, but she couldn't remember the last time the little girl was taken to see a doctor. When police inspected the house, they reported finding the main floor in a very clean, tidy and well-lit condition. When police entered Chaney's son's room, they found his clothes clean and neatly folded. Deputies noted that the basement was partially covered in carpet, saturated in dirt, was lit by only a single light bulb, had several exposed wires and overflowing sewage.This is just sickening. Both Timothy and Lacey face charges of abuse or neglect of a child, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and felonious restraint.