BIRTH: December 27, 1995

DEATH: April 5, 2009

Christian Milton Choate ~ Age 13

Christian, 13, was beaten to death by his father and stepmother and left to die in a locked dog cage that was secured with seven locks.

In April of 2009, Christina, Christian’s sister, went to check on him in the place she knew she would find him, in a dog cage locked in. He wasn’t breathing. She went to get their stepmother and she told his sister to preform CPR. The sister said she pumped his chest and used a mattress air pump to push air into his body but to no avail as Christian was already dead.

The police wasn’t called. Instead the father made Christina, Christian’s sister, wrap Christian in trash bags and a blanket and then his father and stepmother drove him to a location where they buried him in a shallow grave and placed a bible on his chest.

For two years it was thought that Christan had run away as that’s what his father and stepmother told people. The school system, DHS, family, or any one for that matter, ever questioned where Christian really was.

His sister, Christina, made contact with her biological mother and told her that Christian was dead. His biological mother called 911. The police made contact with Christian’s father and he lead them to his makeshift grave.

Christian’s life was anything but joyful. He lived a life of hell and even wrote about his experiences and even wanted to die. He just wanted his family to like him, to be able to play outside like other kids, and  be a normal kid. Sadly none of that was ever allowed for him as his family considered him a dog and treated him as such by locking him inside a dog cage until he finally died. When he would ask for something to do, he would be handed paper and a pencil to write. Write is what he did, because he detailed his torture with great detail about his treatment. His stepmother would often write a topic at the top of the paper that she wanted Christian to write about. Christian wrote about how he would have to steal food just to eat, and even use the bathroom on himself because he was locked in a cage for such long periods of time. He often wondered when someone was going to check on him, give him something to eat or even something to drink.

On the day before Christian died, he refused to eat. His father became enraged and punched him in his head with full force several times before throwing him back in the cage. On April 5, 2009, his sister told police she woke up and tried to feed her brother some cereal, but he refused, so she slapped him across the face twice and put him in the cage. She continued to check on him and eventually noticed he wasn’t breathing.

The Indiana Department of Child Services’ inch-thick case file on the Choate family details more than a dozen investigations of allegations of abuse or neglect dating to 1999.

Christian died in early 2009 of blunt force trauma injuries and a skull fracture, according to the Lake County coroner’s office.

Riley Lowell Choate, 39, and stepmother, Kimberly Leona Kubina, 45, were arrested on many charges in relation to Christian’s death, including murder, felony counts of battery, confinement and removing a body from a death scene or altering a death scene, three felony counts of obstruction of justice and three felony counts of neglect of a dependent.

The trial is set to start soon and I pray they both get their just punishment.


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