Skip to comments.7-Year-Old Suspected In Beating Death Of Baby Sister
Posted on 06/02/2005 7:15:50 AM PDT by Puppage
TAMPA, Fla. -- In an attack that's rattled even veteran detectives, police in Florida said a 7-year-old boy has confessed to beating his baby sister to death.
Investigators said the boy was jealous of the attention the infant was getting and upset by her crying. They said the boy beat the baby with his fists, feet and a two-by-four.
The attack occurred in Tampa, while the boy was visiting his father.
Police said the father and his girlfriend were outside with neighbors when the boy came out and told them the baby was "bleeding." They said the seven-month-old had a bloody nose, and wasn't breathing. The parents rushed the baby to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
A spokesman said detectives noted they'd never seen someone so young "show so much violence and so little remorse."
I suppose that is possible. Be that as it may, let me offer you a quote from Donna Shalala. These are her own words. The speech is from 1999 and can be found here. Here is a quote that appears near the end of the speech.
I realize that I'm preaching to the choir-because all of you here certainly make everyone's children your responsibility. We need to convince others that our young people are everyone's responsibility.
The rest of the speech is about exanding, at great expense, FEDERAL child welfare laws. Her justification for this expansion of federal power and reduction of parental rights are two specific stories of horrific abuse - just like the ones we are discussing here on FR.
This speech is just one example.
Everything you say there is probably true. However, without looking, guess how many infants were murdered (not counting abortions) in the US in 2002?
The answer is 586, according to the DOJ numbers. Now, let's go back and look at your second sentence from above.
Parents are the more probable killers in too many cases when discussing infant deaths.
It is my opinion that, while your statement may be true, it completely mischaracterizes the severity of the problem (i.e. it makes it sound like every parent is a suspect even though, out of the millions of parents in the US, we are talking about 586 in 2002).
I think the only reason divorce rates are falling is because we are seeing way too many IMO bastard children these days.
Why get married when there's no need to? It'll only end in a divorce anyway.
I'm happy to say the Mrs and I have survived 27 years so far without doing physical harm to each other. She keeps saying she'll poison me someday, as soon as she finds someone to rub her feet in the evening, I suppose my time will be done for.
I think the opposite of what she is preaching is what is needed. We need to strengthen the family unit, make it more affordable. There is far too much stress on young couples trying to start a life these days.
keep those hands strong!!!!! :)
Congratulations! A child with a loving, stable, two-parent home has a great advantage over those who do not have that environment.
I don't think we would have runaways, throwaways or homeless youths if the parents were better prepared for raising their children. I was almost 31 when our 1st daughter was born and my wife was 28. Much easier than doing it if we were 21 and 18.
sorry for the stray line.
Thanks for the vocab lesson, my opinion stands.
I do honor your position of defending these parents, I do not.
Statistics on murders BY children are exceedingly difficult to find. I did however find the following very interesting.
Incarceration of children
2,000 studies show that children from single-mother households (SMHs), compared to children with father present, are more likely to go to prison by twenty times.
Suicide by children
Fatherless children are more likely to commit suicide by five times.
Murder by children
Fatherless children are more likely to commit murder by eight times.
Children's behavioral problems
Fatherless children are more likely to have behavioral problems by twenty times.
Likelihood of children to become rapists
Fatherless children are more likely to become rapists by fourteen times.
Fatherless children are more likely to run away by thirty two times.
Fatherless children are more likely to abuse chemical substances by ten times.
Fatherless children are more likely to drop out of high school by nine times.
I think I saw that episode on Law and Order.
Are you IQ challenged?
Rhetorical question...don't bother responding.
whether he does have the mental capacity or not, "why the heck is the boy so violent?" what he did was extremely violent, whether he did it to a dog, a piece of furniture or a tree...
how does a 7-year old have that much anger in him? (i fault his parents for that.)
Maybe Pete is right, don't you have this story confused with another thread about a 9 year-old girl and a neighbor child?
My wife and I dated for five years before we ever had any serious talks about getting married. Kids? They came after we had stable jobs, bought the house, the cars and had a decent bank account.
We never understood the rush to get married or become parents that we saw in so many of our friends. When we got married all our friends were positive she was pregnant because we announced it in October and got married in December. I'll bet lots of folks were upset that we didn't have any children for five more years. LOL
FreeRepublic is nothing more than a news source.
That's not to diminish the greatness of FreeRepublic.com but facts are facts.
The slower the newsday...the more tabloid-like it becomes.
WHOA!! Hold up.
I've helped raise 5 children and there's nothing wrong with putting your infant down to nap while I might be out in the backyard sipping an iced-tea on the deck talking over the fence with my neighbor.
And just because a baby cries for a few moments without you sprinting to it's crib doens't mean you're a "typical loser parent".
Buy a clue, will you?
This is where he lost the benefit of the doubt with me. I'm not saying what he did to that point is OK. But after he got the 2X4 he went from being a bad kid who didn't know his own strength to an evil kid who meant to do serious harm.
I think you may be on to something.
Autism leads to this kind of aggression?
You have the same ear my wife does. She knew when our daughter needed her now and/or when she was just exercising her lungs. That was a trick I never learned.
It is a gift only given to women...;) I knew it was true!
my hubby and i "dated" (it was more like a courtship) about 5-6 months before getting engaged, and married 11 months later... he was 36 and i was 31... we had 6 terrific years of marriage before becoming parents... it was lots of fun, just the two of us (and our dogs)... of course, we had the house and careers before we married (since we were "older").
now we are in a different stage--the parenting stage... and it's lots of fun, too... we were ready for it in many ways...
So you think on a "normal" newsday a 7 year-old baby killer wouldn't have made it?
Well, maybe that's for the best. ;^)
My 1st child, who was doted upon hand and feet is beginning her 1st year at Yale Law School after graduating from Princeton University in 2004.
The younger siblings are having to settle on Indiana and Emory. We let them cry and didn't fret over them as much.
I'm a failure it seems. ;^)
>>It is a gift only given to women...;) I knew it was true!<<
So is the one, "Honey would you go and check on the baby" ....... to find ........ that she need her diaper changed. Phew!
Yep...somewhat from sensory overload. Used to be the development of aggression towards sibs was one of the first signs of autism.
Spoiled one and let the others rot! Terrible parenting, haha.
Just go ahead and admit it, **Big Roaring Belly Laugh That Woke The Neighbors Baby**
It's embarrassing that in the 1st dozen posts or so, there are suggestions that it's a shame that the SCOTUS forbids executing the 7 year old for committing the act.
Something "nice" for the DU lurkers to get clamor over...Freepers wishing a death sentence being meted out to a 7 yr old.
Within the last three weeks our next door neighbor's five-year-old has deliberately smashed my daughter's plastic chair and kicked the top off of one of our landscape lights. Yesterday he pulled all the leaves off of a birch tree I had just planted. I told him I was pissed and told him not to come into our yard for the next month. Fifteen minutes later his father shows up to yell at me. "He's just five!" "He's very sensitive!"
Oh well... Next time I'm putting up a fence.
Yup. My next-door problem child is from a blended family.
Not us. we did it the hard way, met one day in a 7-11 parking lot, went on a date and got married a couple months later. I was 20. Fortunately I was already owned my first house, so between 23 years of army, going to collage and starting a business we managed, with kids comming at 21. They were very busy years for a while, but nothing in life is easy. Now we have plenty of time to ourselves and we are still young enough to enjoy it. Things were a little different and affordable 26 years ago though.
You and several other FReepers are correct. Please see my post #54 and thanks.
Too many of these horrible stories lately I guess and I shouldn't be posting while trying to work.
I would have done the same thing. He even said to me, "it's an embarassment to have you as a neighbor!" and I'm thinking, "OK, isn't it your kid that's breaking our stuff?" I have a long fuse, but I was really pissed. It's a good thing my wife wasn't home...
Simple answer: Satan.
I bet he has boxes full of Pokemon, Digimon, and other role playing games and probably watches Harry Potter over and over again for entertainment. (Yep, I'm one of THOSE type).
It's my opinion that this recent surge in child violence is nothing more than a new avenue Satan has turned to in order to destroy. Unfortunately, parents now a days don't care. They give in to the "newest craze" to make their children popular or happy or whatever no matter the consequences.
I think we truly are witnessing a spiritual battle. May we all lean on the Lord for strength.
My hubby and I knew each other two weeks and got married. That was 33 years ago. It works for some people.
I just can't stand sensitive people! What a headstart
this kid has to being a professional 'victim'.
That is why I kept asking my questions, hoping someone would catch on...the thing the libs keep screaming about is that the only children we want to live are the unborn, but once yer out..BAM! We want you dead, even at 7.
I believe it. Someone on here said once that Tampa was
a stronghold of the devil, and you see so much comming from that particular area. I hate that, because we
really want to retire near there.
I agree. What a sad state, even at seven.
Just making sure people didn't get confused. The other poster asked about children killing children 50 years ago, and you posted that chart (in the meantime, of course) with no disclaimer about it pertaining to adults killing children.