I just read two news stories about people killing, or attempting to kill children, and I just had to shake my head.
In Ohio, a man put an 8-month-old boy and 2-year-old girl in the trash after a dispute with their mother. Luckily, two men found the children after about 13 hours and they were rescued. Now the man faces charges of kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder.
Maybe someone should stuff him in a can for 12 hours or more.
In Dallas, a man and a woman were just found guilty of the murder of the woman's 9-month old baby. Initially, the couple had reported that the child had been kidnapped, but later changed their story when the man said the baby was dead. He said he lied to police to protect the woman, who had killed the child. She told police that he threw the baby's body into a lake, but the body was never found.
Maybe they both should have been thrown in the lake.
I wish I could say these stories struck me because they are so rare, but unfortunately, they are not. How many times a week do we read about some adult killing or horribly abusing a child?
I can't even get my mind around actually doing something so horrific. People have momentary flares of anger that sometimes leads to abuse, but to methodically and continuously beat a child is beyond me. And I can't fathom how some people can lock children in closets for years and starve them.
This is Child-Abuse Awareness Month. What are some of the things we can do to help stop this cycle of abuse?