I haven’t been posting lately, mostly because I’ve been numb. I couldn’t seem to get worked up enough. All the bad news blends together and it’s the same thing, different day. Until yesterday. So what was it that pulled me out of my apathy? This.
Marcus Perkins last saw his 4-month-old son alive about 8:30 Thursday morning when the baby, snug in his car seat, was placed in the day care van that picked him up every day.
“I make sure he gets on that van safe every morning,” Perkins, 28, said Thursday afternoon, surrounded by family. “I watch them strap him in safe every morning. I don’t let him out of my sight ’til he’s safe.”
The boy, Jalen Knox-Perkins, died Thursday, after he was left unattended in the van for about four hours outside Bumble Bee Learning Center, 3942 N. 76th St., according to an e-mail from Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz. Jalen was found about 1:50 p.m., Schwartz said.
Bumble Bee Learning Center is owned by the same company that runs Alphabet Street Learning Center, where an employee was charged recently with breaking the arms of two children.
Another baby gone. And that’s not all.
Baby found in bag on car. Incidentally, it’s now being reported that this 18-year-old who abandoned this precious child has 3 other children. She started popping them out when she was 14.
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This article is shocking.
Crystal Keith, 24, is charged with the Nov. 11 beating death of 13-month-old Christopher Thomas and with torturing his 2-year-old sister.
Her husband, Reginald Keith, 26, is charged with child neglect and with failing to report the abuse suffered by Christopher’s sister. Crystal and Reginald Keith are the Thomas children’s aunt and uncle and were their kinship foster parents. Police say the children were abused despite repeated visits to their home by Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare caseworkers.
Vera Morehouse, 21, is charged with allowing her 7-week-old son, Lamour Caesar-Burnley, to starve to death. The child welfare bureau had been notified repeatedly of abuse in Morehouse’s home but were not pursuing the matter when Lamour died.
Melody Cole, 29, is charged with the 2006 starvation of her 7-month-old daughter, Layunnia Lewis. Layunnia perished despite repeated visits to her home by child welfare workers who were checking on the condition of an abused older sibling.
Salvador Ochoa, 33, is charged with killing his 2-month-old daughter, Rubi Ochoa-Dervantes, by punching her in the stomach Dec. 10, 2005. According to investigative reports, a doctor who treated the girl for a skull fracture when the infant was a month old notified child protective services after the family did not show up for a follow-up examination.
Malcolm Eiland, 18, pleaded guilty last week to the Sept. 23 beating death his 6-month-old son, Jaiden Eiland. Eiland slammed his son on the floor, shook him and burned his right hand with scalding water.
Michael Harman-Derosier, 25, is charged with beating his 9-month-old son, Micah, to death. According to police, the child lingered in a coma for nearly seven months, then died April 18.
Manuela Velazquez-Rodriquez, 39, is charged with shaking her 6-week-old daughter, Zully Antonio-Velazquez, to death. According to police, the mother told investigators she shook her daughter, who died Sept. 18, because the girl would not eat.
What. The. Hell?!?! (I have a different word in my head, but I will attempt to keep this family friendly) It seems like every day a baby is being beaten, neglected or killed. Seriously – what the F**K is wrong with people?? How can ANYONE who lives in a civilized society commit these monstrous acts? And why do judges, in many cases, give these people a slap on the wrist, particularly mothers?? Is no value placed on the life of a baby?
I’ve said before in jest that folks should be temporarily sterilized at puberty and not be allowed to have children unless they pass a parenting test and conditions as rigorous as those placed upon adoptive parents. And yes, I know that there are some bad adoptive parents, but that’s not the point here. The point is that having a child is a huge responsibility; financially, emotionally and psychologically. It’s one of the most important jobs that one can have, and there are no do-overs.
Yet we have children having children. And those children having children. It goes on and on. After all, at several of the brawls in the Milwaukee high schools, some of those arrested for taking part in the brawl were the PARENTS of some of the students. WTF???
So, what’s the solution? I really don’t know, but it sure wouldn’t hurt if society and judges start taking this seriously, and justly punishing those who commit these horrendous acts. It’s time someone gives these most innocent of victims a voice.