Right, so here it is. A woman was arrested at a Wall-Mart in Tulsa, Oklahoma for attempting to “cook” meth IN the store. The police say she was there for six hours taking chemicals off the shelf and mixing them. You can read the whole story at msnbc.com. So, this meth-head ventured into a store where there were sure to be children (I mean, it was Wally-World after all) and proceeded to try to make meth? Are you kidding me? The story says that security called police after they spotted her acting suspiciously. It took them SIX HOURS to determine that she was acting suspiciously? Again, are you kidding me? This is one reason I don’t shop at Wall-Mart. Call me crazy, but it seems as if that particular retail chain just seems to attract characters like this. I’ll pass, thank you.

Wally-World Meth-Head

Wally-World Meth-Head

A man from Connecticut was arrested Thursday after his son’s daycare center found a joint in the 18 month-old’s lunch box. Apparently the man had dropped it in there while he was preparing the food for his toddler the night before. You can read the original story at NBCConnecticut.com.

Listen, I know there is this huge movement to legalize marijuana going on in the country right now, but folks at the moment it is still illegal. You risk yourself and your family by using the stuff, no matter what your views on it may be. When, or if, pot does become legal then go for broke. One thing I will say, however, is that while you are an adult and can make choices like that – your kids are not. As a parent you have a responsiblity to put their welfare ahead of your own. That’s your legal and moral duty as a parent. So many people fail to realize that when it should be something that goes without saying – in other words – common sense.

A 7-year-old Boston boy is being investigated for sexual harassment. He reportedly punched another boy his age in the groin. Mark Curran, and his mother Tasha Lynch, both claim it was in self-defense. They say the other boy stole Mark’s gloves and choked him. You can read the full story at www.bostonglobe.com. Either way, to even investigate a claim of sexual harassment where the ‘perpetrator’ is a first-grader is ludicrous. The school officials should be ashamed of themselves for blowing this so far out of proportion as to make it seem laughable. I get the feeling that the school is more worried about protecting itself from a possible suit than it is about the welfare of the two boys involved.

When did rough-housing between two very young children devolve into sexual battery? At that age they wouldn’t even fully understand the concept – or at least they wouldn’t have before. Undoubtedly both of them have had a thorough lesson on what it means now, and I find that incredibly sad.

Dangerous Sexual Predator?

Sexual Predator?


Arthur Morgan III was arrested and taken into custody Tuesday Nov. 29 after a nationwide manhunt. He has been charged in the murder of his own 2-year-old daughter Tierra. Authorities believe Morgan threw his daughter into a park stream last week. The poor little girl was found floating in the water still strapped in her car seat. Funeral services for Tierra were held Monday Nov. 28. You can read more about the arrest and see a video clip at www.myfoxny.com.

This is the last time I will post a story about the murder of a child. I just can’t take it anymore. These people who are willing to hurt their own children are not idiots – they are monsters. Cases like this aren’t about a lack of common sense. They are about a lack of humanity.

A physician in Tennessee stands accused of murdering her 4-year-old adopted daughter. The husband also faces charges of child abuse. A Detective on the case testified that the girl had teeth knocked out, and that the hospital staff who worked on her said the wounds did not look accidental.WSMV-TV has more on the story. The girl was killed last July, but the doctor is only just now going to trial. There isn’t a whole lot more information about this at the moment, but I’ll watch for any new developments.

A Florida woman was arrested for attempted murder Saturday after she tried to run a man down with her car. That’s bad enough, but what’s worse is that her 18 month old daughter was unrestrained in the car with her. The baby was repeatedly thrown into the dash of the car as her mother rammed her vehicle into a fence and house while she was attempting to kill someone. The child was taken to the hospital with a large lump on her head, and the Department of Children and Families was notified. The woman’s arrest also violated her current parole on a previous battery charge. Read the full story in the St. Petersburg Times. The only question I can ask is . . . What the hell is wrong with these people who keep hurting their children?

Monday Nov. 28, 2011 an Atlanta woman attacked her own two children – one of them with deadly results. The woman’s 8-year-old boy was beaten and thrown out of a window, but the brave youngster managed to run to a neighbor’s house where the police were contacted. Unfortunately, his 4-year-old sister was still in the home. By the time police arrived the mother had already managed to stab her daughter to death. The woman was subsequently shot and killed by the responding officer. Get the full story at 11alive.com.

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa

What manner of evil rules the mind that turns its murderous rage against the most helpless members of our society? What now for that innocent boy who has lost not only his sister but his mother as well to an indescribable madness of the soul? One can only hope he finds a way to overcome the trauma and pain this tragedy has surely writ into his heart.

Washington Safeway store officials had to eat crow and apologize to the four-year old girl who was banned from their stores for shoplifting. She was apparently seen by a guard eating dried apricots from a package before she placed it back on the shelf. The guard who caught this dangerous criminal took the girl and her father to a break room and forced her to sign a statement detailing how she would never be allowed in the store again. Never mind that the four-year old couldn’t read. Or that she couldn’t possibly understand what was happening. Or that she was four years old. Safeway fired the guard and apologized to the girl and her family. Read about it here.

“A spokeswoman says while the shoplifting policies are there to protect customers, guards have to use common sense too.” (orlandosentinal.com)

Common sense, huh? Ya’ Think?!

Right. I promised I would get back to this, so here it is. When you steal the life of a child you are not simply taking from the world one beautiful and shining being. You have also stolen the future – all the potential and possibility that child represented. It is a crime of a scope that beggars the mind. Children are purely innocent, wholly uncorrupted. They are the embodiment of everything good in human beings and so a crime against a child becomes a crime against humanity itself.

“Something in the heart of most human beings simply cannot abide pain inflicted on the innocent, especially children. Even broken men serving in the worst correctional facilities will often first take out their own rage on those who have caused suffering to children. Even in such a world of relative morality, causing harm to a child is still considered absolutely wrong. Period.” Wm. Paul Young

The mother of that child is as guilty as the man who murdered him. It is any parent’s responsibility to ensure their children are not exposed to individuals who may cause harm, or to an environment in which they may come to harm. If a parent cannot ensure a child’s safety and wellbeing themselves then it is their responsibility to place their child or children with someone who can and will. That child’s wellbeing is more important than your own feelings. It is more important than your reputation. From the moment you decide to, or learn that you will, bring a child into this world then that child becomes more important than anything else. If you cannot fulfill these responsibilities – then do not have a child.

“Children are the brightest treasures we bring forth into this world, but too large a percentage of the population continues to treat them as inconveniences and nuisances, when they’re not treating them as possessions or toys.” Charles de Lint

When you abuse or neglect a child you are building a foundation for abuse and mistreatment that can last for generations. What they learn they will pass on to the next generation, and that generation will pass it on to the next.

“We know that the outcasts and misfits are the children most likely to become violent, so it only follows that we must pull them into the arms of love and/or acceptance, and find a place where they fit. If our system doesn’t have a place where a child fits, there’s something wrong with the system, not the child.” William G. Defoore

Too often people stand by and allow the abuse, mistreatment, and neglect of a child. We are unwilling to interfere, to get involved. For whatever reason – embarrassment, apathy, or just a plain lack of empathy – we are too often passive observers. To observe and do nothing is to condone. When you involve a child it becomes that much more horrific. It is not about being a Good Samaritan. It is not about inconvenience. It is not about morality. It is about our humanity.

“If we are ever to have real peace in this world . . . we shall have to begin with the children.” Mohandas K. Gandhi

A little boy in Chicago was beaten to death on his 4th birthday by his mother’s boyfriend. They have the man in custody, and he has been described by others as “antisocial”. Read about it here. (The story includes a video.) Nothing, and I mean nothing, pisses me off like violence against children. Right now I’m too worked up to write anything more, but I will return to this issue later.

Update Dec. 2, 2011

Read about developments in this case at My Fox Chicago.