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Dirty diaper causes caustic burns on boy

Published: Sun, December 28, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Western Pennsylvania police say a 3-year-old boy left in a dirty diaper for days in a squalid apartment developed caustic second-degree burns, and his 4-year-old sister had similar but less-severe injuries.

Greensburg police say an uncle called authorities after a Christmas Day visit, saying the boy screamed in pain as the uncle picked him up.

The boy is being treated at West Penn Hospital’s burn unit. The girl was treated and placed in custody of Westmoreland County child welfare officials.

The father, 34-year-old Jesus Rodriguez, of Greensburg, is in Westmoreland County jail charged with aggravated assault, child endangerment and related counts. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant in Philadelphia on drug charges.

The children’s mother is in jail for a reason police didn’t explain.

2008, The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

A mother with young children should only be jailed as a last resort. Now we have a mother and a father in jail with the children being placed with child welfare. A very sad set of circumstances with the taxpayers footing the bill. Where was social services?

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2NoBS(2758 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Stan, the taxpayers were undoubtedly footing the bill for these people anyway. These people obviously care more about their own needs and wants than they do about their own children. Those children are better off out of that house. They should be placed with relatives, if possible, but any parent that would permit conditions like those to exist should be first sterilized and then incarcerated. They should not be allowed to have contact with those children until the children are at least 18 years old.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

As long as we are paying the bill I would like to see the mother taking care of the children. Jail the father if need be but the mother should be with her children. Where was social services? We pay the bill for them to stabilize families.

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4NoBS(2758 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

The mother is in jail, too!!! She's unfit or she wouldn't be in jail. And jail is no place for a kid or two. You aren't saying that just because a female has a kid she should be exempt from going to jail, are you?

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

This is my point,"Where was social services? " We pay for a service and I feel that we need to see results. This woman should have been checked up on and provided counseling long before she needed to go to jail. Our public servants only seem adept at signing their paychecks. I am positive that this was a family on public welfare.

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6NoBS(2758 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

I'd pretty much bet that they were/are on welfare, too. But the social services people probably weren't even aware the family existed. If there were no problems and no complaints up to now, why would the childrens' service or other do-gooder organization have any interaction with them?

Now, if you want to propose that in order to GET welfare you have to meet certain criteria such as passing random drug tests, allow random inspections of the home, and things of that nature, I'm with you.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

My guess is that this wasn't their first clash with the authorities. I'll bet that they were on social services list.

To keep welfare funds from supporting drug habits testing is a must. In Youngstown Jay Williams would never stand still for this.

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8MinisterD(25 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Most people don't realize how taxed our social services are. It is very difficult for someone to spot a dangerous situation until after the danger has presented itself. Most of the time, people put on the happy home life front so their children don't get taken away. Most of the time, the child has to act out, tell, or, as in this case, be injured for any one to notice.

As far as imprisoned mothers go, if the mother is not capable of keeping the child safe and healthy, then they don't need to have the child. Yes that child becomes the responsibility of the system, but would you rather the child become the byproduct of the toxic environment created by its family?

I am all for children being home as a priority, but not all homes are a safe place for children to be. With that being said, I don't believe that all households that are unfit for rearing children are beyond salvaging. With the proper education, and support, there is a strong possibility of the child being able to go back to a safe and nurturing home.

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9ads(109 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Those poor children. They are better off in foster care. Obviously both parents are unfit. Sterilization for both maybe???

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10dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

Are you sure they are better off in foster care? They fall through the crack there too. Where are the other family members? They should be stepping up to the plate and giving these kids a good life, one they deserve. There are alot of foster parnets out there who just do it for the money, and don't really care about the kids.

The sad part is these parents will eventually end up with their kids back. People who do things like this should NEVER get their children back! I think these poor children need a savior!

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11scrooge(563 comments)posted 7 years, 6 months ago

I don't understand why the mother is considered to be the only one who can give the children the care they need. In many cases the father is just as capable, if not more capable than the mother. In this case we don't really know, but either way both are unfit!
The children should be in foster care for the health and well-being of them both. If a relative steps up and wants to take care of them they will get custody ONLY if they are able to care for them. The parents should both be in prison. Jesus will only be able to father children with Big Bubba that way :-)

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12aeparish(669 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

Well let's see here... the parents are unfit. Unfit parents or foster care? If they fall through the cracks of foster care as they get older, at least someone can say they put forth effort and tried to help these poor kids. That would be more than the unfit parents could say unless they did a complete 180 and turned their lives around (and I'm sure that's a highly unlikely possibility).

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