Court hearing about children in 'dungeon' case

October 20, 2011 2:38:25 PM PDT
A judge in the Philadelphia's family court system was trying to figure out what to do with at least eight children tormented, and left in limbo, by the alleged crimes of Linda Weston.

Police tracked down the juveniles in and around the Frankford section after the discovery over the weekend of four mentally disabled adults found locked in a Tacony subbasement.

Police say this was all part of a scheme to collect government benefits from the victims, with the 51-year-old Weston as the ringleader.

It was a closed-door hearing, with no news cameras or reporters allowed inside while a judge reviews each child's case.

Court was delayed as necessary files came in from DHS. The judge goes through each child's case while DHS frames a plan for care and treatment.

Police say, in many of the cases, DNA testing will have to take place to determine birth parents.

Action News spoke with a family advocate who is representing two sets of children. He wasn't able to provide specifics, but described this as a "shelter care" hearing. The children have been in protective custody and, given the circumstances, that's likely where they'll stay.

Also outside family court was Joseph McIntosh - son of Linda Weston and the brother of another defendant, 32-year-old Jean McIntosh.

"I haven't seen my mom in a while. She's been travelling," said Joseph McIntosh.

He said he has been struggling with news of the allegations.

"Hopefully justice will be served. I mean, if she was doing it, or had anything involved with it, it comes out," said Joseph McIntosh.

Also charged were Gregory Thomas, 47, and Eddie "the Rev. Ed" Wright, 50.