Claremore Daily Progress

March 27, 2014

Unusual child abuse case linked to sexual abuse

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter


A 31-year-old Chelsea man was arrested after allegedly locking a 5-year-old boy in a dog cage and allegedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.
The abuse, reported in October 2013 to the Department of Human Services, revealed Jonathon Wade Lee confined the boy to a small wire dog cage.
“The child was locked in the cage for up to 14 hours a day,” said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.
Court documents show Lee and the boy’s mother “decided to lock” the child in a cage so he could not get up and hurt himself of hazards around the home. 
The cage was also used for disciplining the boy, according to records.
“There is something about each child abuse case that stands out, that grabs you in a negative way,” Walton said. “All the things this little man had to endure it stretches the imagination to think anyone would make a judgment call to do this.”
A 5-year-old boy confined to a space like this is not only a safety hazard, but a health hazard, according to Walton.
The dog cage was the boy’s home and the place he was forced to live, Walton said.
The investigation into the child abuse case later revealed Lee had also been abusing a second child at the residence.
On Tuesday, a charge of sexual abuse of a child was filed against Lee in Rogers County District Court.
Lee allegedly “willfully or maliciously engaged in rape by instrumentation” of a 14-year-old girl.
After interviewing Lee and the girl, prosecutors charged him with child abuse for the cage and sexual abuse of a child for the other.
Deputies said the children in the home described an atmosphere of fear and bad conditions, which is why DHS took the three kids, ages 4, 7 and 14, into protective custody. 
Deputies arrested the mother, Suzanne Satterfield, Tuesday afternoon for child abuse and permitting child abuse. 
Lee remains in the Rogers County jail on a $50,000 bond.