Eastern Kentucky Man Convicted Of Criminal Abuse

A Pulaski County jury has recommended a 15 year sentence for a man convicted of criminal abuse of his children.

The jury found Patrick O'Conner guilty of locking three children in bedrooms that did not have air conditioning.

The incident happened back in August 2007.

The Commonwealth Journal reports the children's doors were wedged shut with a screwdriver.

The children were seven months, two years and three years old at the time.


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  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2008 at 03:06 PM
    i have followed the case, all this took place around 10-11 am. They said that it was only 77 degrees outside.
  • by Diana Location: Knoxville, Tn on May 2, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    no matter a/c or not, NO ONE should lock their kids in a room alone at these kids ages or any other age...That is just STUPID! What can a baby and 2 toddlers do so bad to lock them up??? He should have to serve 20 yrs...STUPID!
  • by lee Location: harlan on May 2, 2008 at 02:46 PM
    There is no punishment good enough for this sub human being. I just wish I could have been the judge.
  • by Evelyn Location: Lexinton on May 2, 2008 at 01:38 PM
    If it was just a matter of no AC, I don't see the crime. Were the windows open, were there fans, did the rest of the house have AC? When it just states 15 years for no AC, I don't get it.
  • by DELPHIA Location: PIKEVILLE on May 2, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    ANIMAL ABUSE GET MUCH MOR PUBLICITY AND MORE JAIL AND PRISON TIME THAN DOES CHILD ABUSE. IT'S A SHAME THAT MORE CASES ARE NOT TAKEN TO COURT AND LET THE JURY DECEIDE. OFTEN CHILDREN DO GET A LITTLE CONFUSED BUT THAT DOSEN'T MEAN THEY DON'D HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD.
  • by Mom Location: KY on May 2, 2008 at 07:55 AM
    He will get out in a couple of years for good behavior, but he should serve the whole 15 years, locked in a room with no air conditioning.

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