2 Years In The Bathroom?
This is undoubtedly, the most bizarre story that I’ve seen in years,
Authorities are considering charges in the bizarre case of a woman who stayed in her boyfriend’s bathroom for two years, spending most of her time on the toilet–so that her body was stuck to the seat by the time the man finally called police.
It appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman’s skin had grown around the seat, said Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple. The woman initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.
“We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar and the seat went with her to the hospital,” Whipple said. “The hospital removed it.”
…”She was not glued. She was not tied. She was just physically stuck by her body,” Whipple said. “It is hard to imagine. … I still have a hard time imagining it myself.”
…McFarren, 36, told investigators he took Babcock food and water and asked her every day to come out of the bathroom.
“And her reply would be, ‘Maybe tomorrow,'” Whipple said. “According to him, she did not want to leave the bathroom.”
McFarren told the AP that he wasn’t to blame, and that it was solely Babcock’s choice to remain in the bathroom.
“She is an adult; she made her own decision. It was my fault I should have gotten help for her sooner; I admit that. But after a while, you kind of get used to it,” McFarren said.
Although authorities said they think Babcock was in the bathroom for two years, McFarren said he wasn’t certain how long she stayed there. He said she had a phobia about leaving the room because of childhood beatings.
“It just kind of happened one day. She went in and had been in there a little while, the next time it was a little longer. Then she got it in her head she was going to stay–like it was a safe place for her,” McFarren said.
But McFarren said Babcock moved around in the bathroom during that time, bathed and changed into the clothes he brought her. He said they conversed and had an otherwise normal relationship–except that it all happened in the bathroom.
…Police found Babcock clothed and sitting on the toilet, her sweat pants down to her mid-thigh. She was “somewhat disoriented,” and her legs looked as if they had atrophied, Whipple said.
“She said that she didn’t need any help, that she was OK and did not want to leave,” he said.
…McFarren said that his girlfriend has an infection in her legs that has damaged her nerves, and that she has no feeling in her legs. She may wind up in a wheelchair, he said.
…”It really doesn’t surprise me,” Ellis said. “What surprises me is somebody wasn’t called in a bit earlier.”
You got to love the understatement of that last sentence,
“What surprises me is somebody wasn’t called in a bit earlier.”
She was in there for 2 years, so yes, it is fair to say that was just a wee bit too long.
I mean, personally, I know how long women take to get ready when they go in the bathroom, but you know, after say, oh, 3 or 4 months, I think I would have started to get worried. I at least hope there was a newspaper and a couple of magazines in there. That always helps pass time in the bathroom.
On the other hand, maybe I should look at it from the guy’s perspective. He was probably just jazzed that his girlfriend had decided to move in with him. Plus, they probably had a lot of conversations that went about like this,
“Come on, what’s wrong, honey?”
“If you don’t know, I am not telling you!”
Then, you know, what are you going to do?
Also, we can’t forget that women are always complaining that men don’t want commitment, but that is one committed guy to allow his girlfriend to hog the bathroom for two years.
In all seriousness, you think she actually slept on the toilet? Was there another bathroom in the house or did they have to share that one? Did the guy ever have company over and were they like, “Gee, how come your girlfriend has been in the bathroom all night?” Didn’t anyone notice she hadn’t left the house for two years? Moreover, the guy says that she moved around the bathroom, but the report says “her body was stuck to the seat.” That implies she was sitting there for a long, long time. So, is she mentally ill or did this guy somehow abuse her into staying in the bathroom and she’s just too traumatized to admit it?
No matter how you slice it, this is one freaky case.