Thursday, June 5, 2014

Three-year-old Kansas girl dies after mother abuses her

The most disturbing stories on the news are ones that involve little children who were injured or killed because a parent could not gain control of their anger. One such case was reported in Wichita, Kansas on June 4, when a three-year-old little girl died of head injuries she received at the hands of her mother and the mother’s boyfriend.

The family of the little girl, revealed only as Emma, spoke out to encourage people to do whatever they could to help children who they fear might be the victims of child abuse. The circumstances surrounding the girl’s death are unclear other than a neighbor who spoke with news crews. He said that he heard the little girl getting beat and said the girl was screaming “Mama, stop!” He said he called the police, but they did not find anything out of the ordinary when they visited the home approximately a week prior to the girl’s death. That is an all too common occurrence in the United States, but had they investigated a little further, the girl might still be alive today.

That is not to say the police didn’t do their job. I have no idea what the laws are in Kansas and their hands may have been tied as to how much they could do. Speaking up is still important whether it has the right results or not. Without people to tell what is happening, there is no way to stop it for any child. There is an obvious break in the law somewhere that allows for this type of thing to happen to children though. It is time to figure out what further action could have been taken to prevent this little girl’s death.

Citizens can report the problem every time they see it, but the police have to take over at some point. When the police take over, they have to have laws that back their ability to pursue further investigation beyond the parent opening the door and saying everything is fine. The child abuse problem is growing in the United States instead of getting better. There are more than three million child abuse cases reported annually in the United States. That is one of the reasons that I wrote Danny’s Grace. Child abuse is inexcusable no matter what the situation is. Parents are charged with keeping their children safe from harm, not with beating them to death. This situation not only saddens me, it sickens me to no end. Rest in peace little one. 

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