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Tonight, looking at the the trusted name in news, CNN, I saw a story that made me really sad. The headline was Death of boy, 7 and 34 lbs, ruled homicide. I click the link which was a link to a Denver TV News website and reading the story makes me sadder.

From what I understand, the boys legal guardians, Jon Phillips and his girlfriend Sarah Berry, not only abused the poor child, but also locked him in a closet and didn't feed him. The child died after going into cardiac arrest.

Now I think what kills me the most about this story was that people tried to do the right thing and report the abuse to a hotline run by the Denver Department of Human Services. Not only once did they report the suspected abuse to the hotline, they reported it twice. The child also told his kindergarten teacher, "Dad kept slapping my ear in the shower. He smacked me in the neck and kept putting me in the water." School staff also reported that the boy had been sent to school in the December snow with one shoe and no coat.

So who fucking dropped the ball here? I really have no clue, but it seems like someone did. The moment that the abuse was reported, and that the police found the child in the condition they did, he should have been removed from his foster parents, and put in a loving, caring home.

The worse part about this is that the boy was a foster child. Why is it that as of late, every time there is a case of child abuse, it’s from a child that is in the foster program? Kids in the foster programs already are down on their luck and these people abuse and kill these children.

If it was left up to me (and I am really glad its not), then I would have these parents chemically (and or physically) castrated, and they would never ever be able to have a and/or care for a child again, EVER! Part of me says that if you abuse a child, you should be put to death. You might disagree with me and that is your choice, but this is how I feel.

I know that I have said this before, but if you ever, ever, ever, for any reason at all suspect that a child is being abused in any way, shape, or form, PLEASE REPORT IT TO THE COPS OR YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES.


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Jul. 10th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
A lot of times Child Protection Services don't have another foster home available, so removing a child from an abusive home becomes difficult. So they slip through the cracks.

This of course is not allayed by the so-called "religious" groups that vehemently oppose allowing gays to be foster parents. Such rules are on the books in many states, usually in the South (but certainly also in Colorado, home to Focus on the Family.)

The simple fact is, if you removed the so-called morality restrictions on gay foster parents and adoptions, you'd have hundreds of ready foster homes available for the worst cases in a matter of weeks or months (however long it would take to do the simple vetting process.)

Instead you get this.
Jul. 10th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
Very true. Hell, I do not make the most money, but I could support a child if I got rid of some of the luxuries that I have now (netflix, eating out, spur of the moment vacations, etc). And I would much rather have to live with out the better things in life if it meant I could give a child a loving home where they would not be in danger.
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