Torture Orphanage Yields Shackles
Search for remains continues as government connections emerge
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2008 1:38 PM CST
Police forensic officers watch as a digger excavates in the grounds of a building which used to be the Haut de la Garenne children's home near St Martin in Jersey, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008. Police investigating...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Police found shackles yesterday in a torture chamber beneath a former children’s home on the British island of Jersey where human bones were discovered last week, the Guardian reports. An ongoing investigation of alleged physical and sexual abuse has turned up the remains of one child, and search dogs this week demonstrated an "extremely strong reaction" that there may be more.

Discoveries made so far “certainly help corroborate accounts given by victims" of years of mistreatment, said the lead investigator. Many employees of the States of Jersey parliament, including the current director of education, once worked at the school. "There are no States of Jersey employees that have been subject to any police investigation,” said the island’s chief minister.