Posts Tagged ‘child’

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?

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.