Invisible Children

Son of Charles Wingate and Sharon Starkey

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

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A 13-year-old autistic boy was imprisoned in a filthy home by his parents, Charles E. Wingate and Sharon Starkey. Wingate was a former City Council member and Starkey was an employee at a United Methodist child care facility. The boy was homeschooled online and told police he did not remember ever going outside.

The abuse came to light after a concerned neighbor called the police, who found the boy home alone. He was naked and the house was covered with feces and living and dead rodents. It was immediately condemned by the city. The boy was taken into custody by the state and Wingate and Starkey were charged with child neglect.

Date: May 16, 2013
Colorado Springs, Colorado


Documents: Date:
Autistic Teen Found Naked Inside Home With Rodents, Feces 05-16-2013
Former Colorado Springs councilman denies allegations of neglect after autistic boy is found naked 05-17-2013
Former Colorado Springs City Council member arrested after son found in unsanitary home 05-17-2013
Church releases statement on Sharon Starkey 05-17-2013
Child Taken From Allegedly Filthy Home; Former Councilman In Court 03-13-2014