CHESTER, South Carolina (AP) -- South Carolina man held his wife and two sons captive for nearly four years, a in
a house infested with maggots and human waste, authorities said.
The boys slept on a bare mattress. Their mother was kept in a drug-induced stupor. Police found maggots in the
refrigerator. Human waste and used toilet paper littered the bathroom floor, and the house smelled like a dead animal, according
to police photographs and authorities who visited the home after Dove was arrested this week.
"There was chaos everywhere," Chester County Sheriff's Detective Scott Thompson said Thursday. "I don't think we'll ever
really determine how it happened -- how you get to live like that. I think he got so wrapped up in drugs and wanting to control
everything, nothing else mattered."
The young boys, ages 4 and 8, did not go to school. and wererarely were allowed out of the house. A video camera monitored
their room and the doors to the home.
Dove, 45, fed his wife, Tamara, with prescription painkillers, cocaine and crack, and forbade her to go outside, police
said. Thompson said he did not expect the 37-year-old mother would be lucid enough to be interviewed for weeks.
"People don't understand why she just doesn't leave," Thompson said. "But with a little intimidation and a lot of drug
use, this is what they grew to know as normal life."
Dove was charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal conspiracy, operating
a gambling establishment and two counts of child neglect. He remained in jail Thursday without bail. If convicted, he faces
up to 40 years in prison.
But Dove's mother said that her son held no one hostage and that his wife was the root of the couple's drug addiction.
"She's driven my son crazy," Helaine Young said in an interview at her home.
Young said she threw up when she visited the home with police, her first visit since Christmas 2005, when she said she
left after being threatened by her daughter-in-law.
Young said her son was once a wealthy owner of several convenience stores, paying for anything his wife requested, including
baby sitters and house cleaners. Her son installed the cameras for the family's security when he renovated the home in a rural
town near the North Carolina line, she said. The pair met about 13 years ago, Young said.
Young, who has taken care of the couple's 12-year-old son since he was an infant, said she has asked the Department of
Social Services repeatedly over the last six years to investigate.
"We have had reports in the past, and the nature of the reports are currently under review," agency spokeswoman Marilyn
Matheus said. "It's too early to tell what exactly happened when."