Friday, July 15, 2005

Afterborns Need not Apply 

(As noted before, my fellow Correntians have been doing a workmanlike job on the Rove-Plame story, and you can catch up by scrolling further down.)

Back in May at my own site I chronicled the tragic life of one of the many little ones who end up in the clutches of the incompetent, negligent, and malicious Florida Department of Children and Families, which has been responsible for so many murdered, maimed and missing kids during the incumbancy of Jeb Bush.

Nothing has changed:
"A 21 year old Tampa man is charged with murder after his 3-year old son was pummeled into unconsciousness and then died.
Ronnie Paris Jr. went on trial for his own life this week in a Tampa courtroom. The toddler's mother, Nysheerah Paris, testified that her husband thought the boy might be gay and would force him to box...(and) told the court that Paris would make the boy fight with him, slapping the child in the head until he cried or wet himself. She said that on one occasion Paris slammed the child against a wall because he was vomiting.
Prosecutor Jalal Harb said that in 2002, the Florida Department of Children & Families placed the child in protective custody after he had been admitted to the hospital several times for vomiting.
He was returned to his parents Dec. 14. A month later he went into a coma and was rushed to hospital. Six days later he was removed from life support and died."
Now, setting aside the question as to why DCF allowed this child to be returned to his "home", I wonder why even after his death, Florida's taxpayer-supported child welfare service, overseen by Jeb "King of the Culture of Life" Bush, still appeared to be MIA:
"Following the child's death Tampa police Detective Anthony Zambito thought there was something suspicious. He testified that he questioned both parents closely at the hospital. But it wasn't until investigators questioned them separately Feb. 1 that the boy's mother talked about the abuse."
February fucking 1st! Two months after the child was admitted to the hospital with fatal injuries, and not a word about DCF's involvement.

Now I realize that this child wasn't as cute as a fetus, and not as care-free as a blastocyst, but surely these people who have the gall to hold themselves up as paragons of moral righteousness and the keepers of the sacred flame of life might be able to find some small place in their hearts for the welfare of the helpless children already here and suffering.

(Previously posted at It's My Country, Too)

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