There is nothing more pure, beautiful and innocent than a child. I love children and I think they are to be protected at all times, because they never asked to be here. We (adults) should always go above and beyond to make sure our kids our protected and that they know you’d move mountains before you let another living soul hurt them. This is so important because they trust us to do what’s right.
Which is why I’m so saddened by the immense amount of stories I’ve heard over the past 6 months or so, about children dying due to their parents or their parent’s spouse.
- Bella Edwards – 3 years old – was killed by her mother’s boyfriend Mark Jenkins while he was watching her – her body revealed traumatic abuse injuries An autopsy revealed that Bella died from blunt force trauma to her abdomen – Jenkins spent five years in state prison after being convicted of attempted murder in the Bronx. He faces a sentence of up 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted of killing Bella.
- Mariah Woods – 3 years old – Arrest warrants show Adolphus Earl Kimrey was charged with first-degree murder for killing Mariah – he was also charged with felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury/death. He was initially being held on several other charges including concealing an unattended death. An autopsy provided a preliminary cause of death; however, additional chemical and toxicology tests were required. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that chloroform – a liquid used as a general anesthetic – was determined to be the cause of Mariah’s death.
- Jordan Rodriquez – 5 years old – Court documents said his body showed multiple signs of abuse, including broken ribs – His mother, 34-year-old Larissa Rodriguez, was charged with murder, felonious assault, endangering children and gross abuse of a corpse. She pleaded not guilty and her bond was set at $1 million. Her boyfriend, Christopher Rodriguez, was indicted on the same charges. Nancy Caraballo, a children’s services provider with Bright Beginnings, which is funded by Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio. Caraballo was assigned to the family to make home visitations. She ignored her obligation to report the abuse and neglect because she was receiving the food stamps as a bribe. She allegedly paid 50 cents for each $1 in food stamps. Caraballo could be sentenced to 50 years in prison. If it’s determined that malnutrition played a role in Jordan’s death, she would face additional charges. Larissa Rodriguez has nine children and is pregnant. A Cuyahoga County spokeswoman said child welfare case workers have dealt with Rodriguez since 1999. The complaints range from neglect to physical abuse.
- Aniya Day – 4 years old – Her mother and boyfriend were charged in her death – Home visits show injuries documented by Aniya’s day care, show a pattern of abuse dating back to 2015. On March 11, the Euclid Fire Department found Aniya burned and unresponsive and she was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed she died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police say that when paramedics arrived at Aniya’s home that day Aniya was in full cardiac arrest. When she was placed in the ambulance, medics told police that they saw her mother and the boyfriend standing near the entrance of the apartment building showing “no emotion that the child was being placed into the ambulance.” At the hospital, police noticed abuse to Aniya. She had a black swollen mark on her left eye with a laceration, causing her eye to be completely swollen shut, according to a police report. Several burn marks were on her right ankle that appeared to have blistered, popped open and dried. Aniya’s arms and legs were “very thin, and you could see every bone in her ribs.” It appeared she had been deceased “for some time,” and her skin was cold to the touch.
I don’t know what kind of disgusting monster can not only kill and torture a child, but her OWN child? That child came from you, they should be your heart and soul, your mini-me, your motivation to get up daily. My only point would have to be this (and I will write it in caps to make sure the folks in the back can hear it)
IT YOU DON’T WANT TO BE A MOTHER/FATHER THEN DON’T, THAT’S WHAT BIRTH CONTROL AND CONDOMS ARE FOR. DON’T BRING AN INNOCENT BABY INTO THIS WORLD IF YOU CHOOSE TO NOT CARE FOR THEM. IF FOR SOME REASON ABUSE HAPPENED TO YOU WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER, GO AGAINST THE GRAIN AND CHANGE THE NARRATIVE. WANT BETTER FOR YOUR CHILD, A BETTER FUTURE THAN YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD, LET’S CHANGE THE CYCLE.
MOTHERS, STOP LETTING RANDOM MEN AROUND YOUR KIDS (ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE CONVICTS, NO OFFENSE TO ANYONE BUT THERE SEEMS TO BE A TREND HERE, JUST SAYING). I PERSONALLY FEEL LIKE YOUR BOYFRIEND SHOULD NOT BE AROUND YOUR KIDS UNTIL YOU’VE BEEN DATING FOR A YEAR AND SOME CHANGE. EVEN WITH THAT TIME FRAME WHEN THEY DO COME AROUND YOUR KIDS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRESENT. I’M CONFUSED AS TO WHY THIS EVEN NEEDS TO BE SAID, IT SHOULD JUST BE COMMON SENSE AND YOUR MATERNAL INSTINCT TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD.
WE HAVE TO DO BETTER, BECAUSE BABIES DYING DUE TO OUR NEGLIGENCE!!!!
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