Bond Denied For Father, Stepmother Of Boy Killed In Trailer Park

CROWN POINT, Ind. (CBS) — Bond was denied Wednesday for the father and stepmother of a 13-year-old boy who was kept in a dog cage for more than a year, then buried under a slab of concrete in a trailer park after he died.

Riley Choate, 34, and his wife, Kimberly Kubina – also known as Kimberly Choate – were ordered held without bond when they appeared in Lake County, Ind., court Wednesday.

They are charged with the murder of Christian Choate, 13, whose body was found encased under a slab of concrete at the Colfax Mobile Home Park in Gary, Ind., last week.

Investigators were tipped off to Christian’s death by Christian’s mother, Aimee Estrada, who said her daughter came to her on May 1 with information about the location of Christian’s body.

The daughter later told investigators that her brother died around April 5, 2009, and that Riley and Kimberly Choate buried Christian behind a home in the 5900 block of West 36th Avenue in Gary on April 8, in the trailer park where they had lived before moving to Kentucky, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lake County court on Tuesday.

Following an investigation, Lake County, Ind., authorities found out further that Christian had been kept in a dog cage secured with seven locks for more than a year by the time he died.

Christian’s sister told prosecutors she was the only one responsible for looking after the boy, and was forced to beat him while recording a video of her actions at Kimberly Choate’s direction.

On April 4, 2009, Christian refused to eat. Prosecutors said Riley got angry and punched him several times in the head before throwing him back in the cage. The following day, the boy’s sister discovered him dead.

The girl said she saw Riley and Kimberly Choate wrap Christian’s body in a two plastic garbage bags and load it into a plastic tote, then haul it off in their van along with several other totes, prosecutors said. Riley Choate said he put a Bible and a cross on the deceased Christian’s chest over the bags before burying him, prosecutors said.

Riley Choate’s next court appearance is at 8:45 a.m. May 17, while Kimberly Choate next appears in court at 8:45 a.m. May 19.

  • Noodles Romanoff

    What a nasty, filthy, rotten, disgusting, despicable thing to do to a child. These horrible, evil, satanic, beastly, atrocious, baneful, beastly, calamitous, corrupt, damnable, depraved, destructive, disastrous, execrable, foul, harmful, hateful, heinous, hideous, iniquitous, loathsome, low, malevolent, malicious, malignant, nefarious, no good, poisonous, rancorous, reprobate, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, spiteful, stinking, ugly, unpleasant, unpropitious, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked, wrathful corn pones!!!! The nerve of these paint-sniffing, bear-hugging, incest wrestling dirt bags!!! Give these Willie Nelsons the electric chair RIGHT NOW!

    • OK

      WOW….tell us how you REALLY feel

  • renee

    Oh dear God! These “people” are worse than animals. I wish for them mental (if not physical) torment and torture for the rest of their lives as they think about what they have done to this boy. May he be with God in Heaven now. Resting in peace…. (sob…sigh)

  • Cecilia Benz

    RIP! Poor little boy. My heart aches for him.



    • cakunnna

      thumbs up 10000%

  • becky

    What a “sweet angel” whose life has been taken at the hands of such devils and endured such a horrific life. Finally Christian is free , unfortunately his siblings will live this unforgetable nightmare the rest of their lives. They are all victims of this horrible event. May heart goes out to all of them. To “HELL” with the animals that created this.

  • Scoop

    These people shoudl be tortured! I hope they get whats coming to them in prison. Nobody wants to hear they will have a psych exam either. They knew what they did and were able to live with it all this time.

  • Lady Ann

    Just look at that smile on her ugly face. God help her if she ever walks the streets.

    • jessie hamby

      wow thats all u got to say is she ugly. lay off.

  • Gayle

    My heart breaks everytime I read or view this on the news.The birth mother claims she just found out about this why did she not keep in contact with her children? I pray that justice will come for this child , and no-one in his family will have any peace over this.

  • Cameltoe Rancher

    Christ have mercy on us

  • BOOT

    There should be more family members in jail as well. You cannot tell me with as many adults and children that were in the home that no one had the intelligence to go tell someone about this before this boy died. They live like animals. I would be willing to bet they collected there food stamps for this boy and other government aid after he was no longer with them. I hope they investigate this further and I would hope more arrests would be pending. I am so mad and sad about this.

  • jessgo

    Christians are the most messed up people in the world next to the wacko taliban killers. These people will die a slow painful death for the torture they inflict on children like many other Christian camps, and cults that are more flawed than any religion on Earth. Someone stop this absurdity.

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