Raleigh couple says child abuse charges are a 'misunderstanding'
by WNCN Staff
Cassandra Carmen Germain
Serge Daniel Germain
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Raleigh police arrested Serge and Cassandra Germain on
Friday, charging them with misdemeanor child abuse. The couple spoke to WNCN on
Saturday explaining that their 6 year old son, Adoni, told one of his program
mentors that his parents locked him up in the basement and withheld food from
They believe that was why police unexpectedly showed up at
their door Friday.
Serge and Cassandra Germain said it all started when Adoni, didn't
want to go to school one day and lashed out at his parents for making him. Serge
said this isn't the first time Adoni has lied. He believes his 6 year old
step-son might have a mental disorder.
WNCN asked the 6 year old if his parents really did lock him
up. He said "no" and explained he lied because he was "mad at his father for
making him go to school".
The couple, however, does have a criminal history. Cassandra
said she was once charged with child neglect a few years ago, and Serge said he
was charged once for verbal assault against a police officer and also
possession of drugs with intent to sell.
Now the family is worried that the Department of Social
Services might take action in light of their recent arrests. Cassandra said, "The
only thing I care about is that nobody takes my kids away."
The couple will know more on Monday when they meet with DSS.
The couple explained that a few months ago they reached out
to social services to get help with their 6 year old son and showed us the copy
of the DSS assessment. There were no warning signs of abuse or neglect on the