Was Kai a victim of assault and abuse?
Falling through the cracks at the time were comments Kai made—on camera—to Reisbeck and others about violent encounters, as well as disturbing Facebook posts (seen in the documentary) that seemed to show his personal knowledge of child abuse.
“This one time I was in an orchard and this f–king guy started hitting on a girl,” Kai recalled in the original Fresno interview, and his response was to start “smashing her in the head.”
He also said at the time that he had no family, that “as far as anyone I grew up with is concerned, I’m already dead.”
Speaking to Reisbeck in Stockton, Kai alleged that she was attacked and raped by a man when she was 17 years old. And, Kai said, when he was young he was locked in a cage for four years.
In the documentary, his mother, Shirley, says there was a “short period” when she took steps to prevent Caleb (her son’s real name) from getting up early so he wouldn’t “get into things that hurt him” with the boy he is still He didn’t say what he was doing, but said he was “never locked in a room.”
Shirley (who did not want to use his last name in the doc or in media reports about his son) spoke from Canada, where Kai was born — as opposed to West Virginia, where Kai had previously told Reisbeck he was from.