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Christian Choate Didn't Have To Die

Updated on October 14, 2011
Christian Choate
Christian Choate | Source

The life of Christian Choate started like anyone else. Born in 1996 to to Riley Choate and Aimee Estrada. Later in their marriage Estrada would divorce Riley Choate claiming he has physically abusive. By this time in 2005 Riley Choate was living with his girlfriend Kimberly Kubina and her children from a previous relationship. Child services had already been called on the new couple as Choate had beaten Rubina's nieces. It was confirmed and the young girls were removed from the home but eventually returned.

Despite this fact Riley Choate would win custody of his two children with Aimee Estrada. So Christian Choate and Christina Choate moved in with their new family. Riley Choate would regularly physically abuse his family but when Christian came along he became Riley's primary focus for the abuse.

Christian Choate distraught of the divorce, the absence of his mother and now the neverending abuse would often run away until one day his father began putting him in a dog cage.

For more than a year Christian Choate was kept in a dog cage. His stepmother told her children to treat him as though he was a dog. Both parents taught the children to hate and hurt Christian. He was made to wear a diaper as sometimes they would leave him in the cage so long that he would soil himself. He was given little food and water and very infrequently.

His step-mother Kimberly Kubina had removed Christian from school saying that he was being home schooled. Although he wasn't she would often give him writing assignments such as: Why do you want to see your mother again? Why can't you let the past go? Besides this Christian also wrote how his family hated him and that he only wanted to be liked by them. He would spend long hours alone in the cage wondering when someone, anyone would come and check on him.

Riley Choate would let Christian out of the cage only to be hancuffed to a bed so he could beat him regularly, sometimes with a metal pole. His legs were so badly beaten that he could barely walk. Finally in 2009 one evening when Christian was too sick to eat his father punched him in the face several times and threw him back in his cage. The next morning his sister Christina found him dead.

Riley Choate & Kimberly Kubina
Riley Choate & Kimberly Kubina | Source

That day Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina gathered his body up in garbage bags and buried him behind a trailer and covered the grave with concrete. They told their children never to speak of it. They told Christina his biological sister that if she ever told anyone they would kill her and bury her along with him.

So for two years Christian Choate's body lay under a concrete slab in the trailer park. Until one day his sister managed to contact their biological mother, Aimee Estrada, who after finding out called 911. Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina were arrested and charged with murder and several other charges but that won't bring Christian Choate back.

When I first read this story in the news awhile back I was horrified. How could someone ever treat another human being like this, let alone a child. To torture and eventually brutally kill your own child. What is wrong with society in general that could spawn such a person. I am not prone to showing emotion and can admit the last time I cried was when my father died back in 2004. But when I read every detail of this I cried.

I thought about whether I wanted to write this article as I had such difficulty reading about this in the first place. But is it helps just one person reading this to do something about child abuse it was more than worth writing. If you know something is horribly wrong with a child do something, tell the authorities. Don't stop until you save the child.

Although I think in certain situations when capital punishment is used in prison they may be killing an innocent person this isn't one of those times. I will not feel bad for either of these two charged with murder if they get lethal injection. They will have gotten off easier than Christian Choate did. But even if we rid ourselves of the ones responsible there is still the matter of the problems with society that allowed these two to get to this point.

It is a constant reminder of societies inability to protect children. Also of the decay of the family unit now not only do the bonds of husband-wife, mother-father not matter but even the bonds of parent-child are being cast aside. What does that say about us as a society?

Rest in Peace Christian.


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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      surrya hussain - I too wish someone had looked after him. But at least he is at peace. His parents deserve whatever bad happens to them.

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      surrya hussain 5 years ago

      Christian Choate was a beautiful young boy. I wished I could have looked after him. What his parents did to him was inhuman. They should be locked themselves in the dog's cage and recieve the same treatment. At least Chirstian is in safe hands and in heaven peaceful with the angles.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Sanxuary - you make some valid points for sure, some people are evil and are created by evil people but I do think education can help in specific ways. To allow people that are not evil to understand and be aware of things like this can help them be more watchful to see the signs of abuse. Knowing what can happen may possibly strengthen their will to do something and not just ignore it.

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      SanXuary 6 years ago

      This story has occurred since time began. Oddly enough many people who do this are monsters created by others. This does not excuse what they did and they should never be a part of society again. Still it is so apparent that we often create our own monsters. People like Choate who suffered such abuse but lived often become brutal people themselves. Even in cases of some of the worst serial killers we find a childhood created by people such as these two. When two horrible people get together it creates nightmares. Today we live in a society where we ignore our neighbours and never recognize these things going on next door. Before this year is over we will see a few more cases like this. The only way to prevent this is to know everyone around us. No amount of education will stop evil people from being evil. How do you explain medical personnel who kill their patients? etc. Care about others and maybe you might help someone.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      You're right thebigbagblog, there were so many people outside the family that were involved with this situation. If any one of them had tried harder or the DCS had done more this may not have happened and we would have a healthy young man with a chance at a future. Like you said there are so many ways Christian fell through the cracks and it is just so wrong.

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      thebigbagblog 6 years ago from CYBERSPACE

      Great hub!

      I myself blogged about this story when it surfaced. I remember how disgusted I was with these people. There are so many questions that aren't being answered even today:

      Regarding his pediatrician (who treated him in 2008) Chy-Koa, and her failure to report her findings to the Department of Health and Human Services.

      Why wasn't the neighbor who reported the calls to DCS paid more attention to?

      DCS was called twice to the home but never entered the home?

      Why does Judge Diane Boswell have a gag order on DCS (and others involved in the case) to keep them from responding to the story?

      Two requests to autopsy the body were denied pending a coroners report. Where is it?

      There are so many ways that Christian fell through the cracks in Indiana. Still, the state has done all it can to protect its agencies. Essentially abusing the memory of this kid even after his grossly disturbing death. The State of Indiana SHOULD be drawing a big microscope into this incident so that other children do not suffer similar or even more horrific cases of abuse. For now, the state, the judge, the coroner, are all silent. Absolutely disgusting!

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      You are so right Jangaplanet it is very sad. Hopefully others will read this and know so that we can all stop these things from happening again.

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      A Ercoli 6 years ago

      Such a sad story.I really do not know what else to say. I mean how can this happen to innocent children. I can't find much words right now!I'm so sad to here this. My prayers go out to those innocent children as well.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Sometimes I think your right gmwilliams. Some people are so have nothing but hate in their hearts, they should never have children.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This is such a horrific story. This is why I staunchly believe that there should be licensing for parenthood. There are people out there who should not even THINK of having children! Parenthood should be designated as a privilege, not a right.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      I understand Deborah, I am almost sorry I wrote it as well but the only way people will change or help is to know what happened. If his parents didn't care to remember him we must.

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      What a tragic story. I am almost sorry I read it. My prayers go out to the innocent children, not only in this family, but everywhere.