I'm sure some of you just watched the O'Reilly factor and know where I'm going with this since reading this sentance. That was the source that
clued me into the information, now I want to present it to y'all to explain what caused America to value these people as second class property while
at the same time protecting other minorities so much so that you can't even say
anything against someone who happens to be part of that group
without being evicerated by anyone nearby, if not sued.
I'm talking about children. This isn't an abortion thread, I'm talking about kids who have been born, and are under the age of 17. There are far
too many cases where severe child abuse, if not murder, take place, and no one is charged, or if they are, they're getting probation. Bill O'Reilly
talked about 3 examples. In looking on the web for those examples, I've come across many, many more. I was hoping it was another of those O'Reilly
attacks on a minor problem by making it seem like the norm, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
In New York, a 13 year old mother couldn't get her infant to stop crying, so she threw the baby out her window into an ally and went to school. She
has not been charged with any crime.
In San Diego, a couple were charged with locking their son in the trunk of their car when they would go bar hopping at night. They would also keep the
kid in there for 5 or 6 hours straight on several other occasions. They would smoke pot in front of the child as well. 7 counts of felony abuse were
leveled at these parents, along with several other charges. They were found guilty. The charge? Probation.
I don't remember the third example from O'Reilly, but here are a few of the ones I've found since searching.
Tiffany Fairris got herself a divorce from her hubby and went to live with some other fellah. She got custody of their children, and would call her
Ex, Eric Horridge, and, as this article in the United Press puts it, taunt him by slamming his 19 month old baby boy into walls and bash him in the
head with the phone. There is no allegedly in this, it's gone to court and the case is done. Horridge made more than a dozen calls to the county's
child protective services filing complaints against the child's mother. The caseworker finally told him to stop calling, saying he was a disgruntled
Finally, he was going to kidnap his children. He set up a time where he would get his son for the day, and had no intention of ever bringing him back.
That was the plan, but unfortunately, that night Colin, his son, was killed. The county coroner said it was a homicide. Their daughter, Erica,
detailed for cops the beating that her little brother underwent, though she was only 3. Fairris and Fowkes (the boyfriend) were charged with child
abuse and murder. Fowkes was acquitted; the charges against Fairris were dropped. No one has been charged for Collin's death, which the medical
examiner ruled a homicide.
(don't feel like paraphrasing the next one
In 1997, national media attention focused on an apartment in the tiny suburban community of Germantown, Md., where Montgomery County police opened
the bedroom door to discover a severely malnourished kindergartener Richard Holmes, chained to his bed. The boy had been confined to the room for up
to 23 hours a day, fed a diet of hot peppers and whiskey by his father, Alan, a volunteer firefighter, and his father's girlfriend, Alba Scarpelli.
Richard's legs and arms had been bound with duct tape for so long he couldn't walk.
In Richard's case, administrators and teachers at Lake Seneca Elementary School, which he attended, filed more than a dozen complaints detailing
their suspicions. The boy was fishing food out of garbage cans. His nails had been cut so short they bled. He was black and blue with bruises and
ligature marks. Finally, he stopped coming to school.
This is horrible. Absloutly horrible. So what is causing this? What in our culture is allowing this to happen to children and, despite mountains of
evidence, no one is held accountable? I'd like to hear some of your opinions before stating mine, because currently mine is very dark and
pessimistic, and I'm hoping someone here can convince me I'm wrong. It seems kids today are being treated as property, where the parents can do with
them as they please. I know there are many cases where people are charged, but the fact that there were over 114 cases in 2003 of obvious child abuse
where no one was charged and the children, despite multiple calls to DCFS, were never removed from their families. That's 114 too many. I can't find
statistics for 2004, but I suspect they'll come out if there's much of an outcry over O'Reilly's segment. However, I don't typically watch him
and it looked like it may have been a recuring segment. What a horrible, horrible shame...
[edit on 1-26-2005 by junglejake]