Woman Kept In Cage As Girl Returns To Crime Scene

BRILLION, Wis. (AP) — The case made national headlines more than a dozen years ago. Police in the Calumet County community of Brillion discover a 7-year-old girl locked away in a small dog cage in the basement of her parents’ home. She and her brothers were finally rescued from years of abuse at the hands of their parents, Michael and Angeline Rogers, who were later sent to jail for a year.

That young girl, Chelsea, is now 21. She appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show Tuesday. She also returned to the basement where she was kept in the cage as a child. A tearful Chelsea revisited the dank surroundings and remembered “being that little girl.” ‘

Today Chelsea says her sole purpose in life is giving her 1-year-old son the childhood she never had.

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  • Webb

    1 year. What is wrong with this country!?

    • JamieinMN

      I agree, 1 year?!?!?! Ridonkulous.

    • Richard

      That is heartbreaking to hear. Also, it is aggravating the parents didn’t get a worse punishment than 1 year in jail?! Was the judge distracted by a wheel of cheese rolling by during sentencing? Or maybe some cracked open a Leinie’s in front of him!

  • Tom

    Wisconsin…..AGAIN REALLY??

    • Roy Woodrow

      I know there is no shortage of beer-fueled redneck shenanigans in WI.

  • Ed

    Tom, try to keep up.
    It’s a follow up story of a crime that happend “more than a dozen years ago”.

    • Roy Woodrow

      Don’t defend WI, WI is the worst state in the US, they let 5 year olds drink in bars…buncha wiley hicks…It’s like their entire state is Elk River!

      • Elk River hillbilly

        Roy, what do you know about Elk River, and why are you slighting it? Elk River is a wonderful town with rich history, and full of some very wonderful people. I’m always disappointed when I hear people making fun of north metro cities like we are all a bunch of hillbilly’s. I understand that it’s just a joke – I get it – but it’s frustrating to hear people talk badly about a place you love, knowing full well that the person doing the joking doesn’t really know the truth. Wisconsin doesn’t really deserve this joking either. Oh well, a joke is a joke. No hard feelings.

    • Kim


  • Gloria

    People certainly get off topic in these posts. The story concerns a badly abused child, now a young woman, who is doing her best to give her child a wonderful and loving environment in which to grow. Then folks start with the silly comments.

    I applaud Chelsea for overcoming a horrific childhood and Oprah for giving her the voice to tell her story and inspire all of us.

    • Joker of Spades

      Applaud Oprah?!? She brought that poor girl back to the basement and made her cry! Let her move on. Bringing her back to that past, in my opinion, is abuse. And Oprah don’t care about her voice and inspiring us. Oprah cares about ratings that this brings which brings her more money.

  • Gloria

    I agree that many talk show hosts, etc., sometimes use people and questionable methods in order to “make a buck” so to speak. However, I believe Oprah usually has good intentions and doesn’t always resort to sensationalism as some others may. Was Chelsea “forced” to return to that basement or her past? I doubt that anyone coerced her into doing the show or revisiting that awful, painful time from her childhood. Perhaps it is a form of healing for this young woman–people have different ways of dealing with painful memories. Of course it would make her cry!! It is difficult to watch, but crying can also be cleansing and a relief. (I hope people understand that I am not being insensitive, but rather, the opposite.)

    Child abuse and neglect continue to plague humanity, and I am horrified and angered beyond belief by the inhumane treatment many children endure. By bringing such awful “secrets” and tragedies to light, more people will hopefully be encouraged to report and act when abuse of children is suspected! Chelsea proves that not all who are subjected to abuse grow up to be abusers. She is providing her little son with the love and care she was denied in her young years.

    • Joker of Spades

      I have to dissagree with you about Oprah. She is not better then the rest really. And to say one of the richest women in the world is not out to make a buck is nonsense. I don’t think by airing this story some kid will suddenly have it dawn on him or her that they should not be being locked up in a kennel. It is dredging up bad memories and, I think, exploiting that young woman.

  • Gloria H8R

    Come on Gloria! You are one of the Oprah sheep! You think this young woman approached Oprah for a chance to relive the pain of her past? That’s crazy! Oprah just offers more and more money until they give in and become part of the circus sideshow that is “Oprah”. Don’t be fooled Gloria! Oprah isn’t even her real name! She’s a snake oil saleswoman! Oprah once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die!

    The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world she didn’t exist. And like that, poof. Oprah’s gone.

  • I heart Gloria

    Like to tell you ’bout my baby
    You know she comes round
    Just ’bout five feet four
    From her head to the ground
    Well she comes around here
    Just about midnight
    She makes me feel so good Lord
    Makes me feel alright.

    Her name is G-L-O-R-I-A
    Gloria, Gloria, Gloria … etc.

    Yeah, she comes around here
    Just about midnight
    Makes me feel so good Lord
    Makes me feel alright
    Walkin’ down my street
    Comes up to my house
    She knocks upon me door
    Makes me feel alright.

    Her name is G-L-O-R-I-A
    Gloria, Gloria, Gloria … etc.

  • Gloria

    I didn’t say that this young woman approached Oprah or anyone else to be on that show. Obviously she was approached by Oprah, her producers, or someone else. And I am not one of Oprah’s sheep. I am usually at work when her program airs. I didn’t say Oprah is to be followed and her word is infallible; she has done some good in the world. She is rich, but she came from abusive, very humble beginnings herself. Just because she has millions doesn’t mean she cannot do good with it. (Look at how Bill Gates and his wife use their billions in a philanthropic manner.)

    All I said was that Chelsea was not forced to be on television, and she could have refused going back to those horrible reminders; however, I do believe she is mature and made a decision. Don’t call me a “follower”.

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