While it is true that there is a thin line between what constitutes as "evidence of corporal punishment or other physical disciplinary measure..." and "child abuse," people in law enforcement and child protection are trained to know the difference between "evidence of corporal punishment or other physical disciplinary measure..." and an "endangered child" and therefore should easily know the difference between a red mark left from being slapped across the face, a welt from being paddled, or a blister from physical labor and a black eye from being punched in the face or a bruises from being repeatedly kicked, beaten or choked; open flesh wounds, burn marks, signs of brutality or torture, etc. Nevertheless, in every case where there is repeated reports of suspected child abuse over several months or even years from multiple sources including family, friends, neighbors, and employees of the school system [as was in this case] it is expected by the taxpayers and society at large that law enforcement and child protection should always be more willing to risk the slim chance of being wrong and face a possible lawsuit, than what they should be willing to ignore the warning signs of an endangered child and in doing so either put that childs life in greater danger or worse. As for the need for "evidence"...in CSB's own words..."We get cases, we determine whether there are legitimate issues of abuse or neglect. If there are, we investigate them." Well, how in the heck do they determine if there are "legitimate issues of abuse or neglect" if they don't investigate the case until AFTER they determine whether they are legitimate or not!!!!! Unreal!!!! Because they never truly INVESTIGATED any of this she was able to get away with hiding all of her dirt, his abuses and her childrens suffering behind a facade of lies. And because of the kind of lies she told with no one questioning their validity, she was also able to get away with isolating her children from the very people that could have protected them...not limited to, but including her own mother.No, we don't need more laws, we need the ones that are already on the books enforced and the penalties made stronger and longer!!!! We also need to return to putting in place Judges who are less interested in rehabbing these type of criminals and more interested in punishing them with max sentences for their horrible crimes.My bet is that he will plead out and we will be lucky if he serves 5 yrs.She will begin cooperating and in the end will face a 6 - 12 month sentence for child endangering.And this is what we now call justice :(
January 31, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.
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