5 And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. 6 But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.
A District Attorney has filed charges recently about a case where the social services supervisor and the social services worker, as well as the dead child’s grandmother, repeatedly failed to respond to the basic protection of life for this poor child.
- Two New York care workers charged with criminally negligent homicide, official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child
- Grandmother charged with manslaughter for not intervening
- Four-year-old Marchella was beaten, starved, tied to her bed and given adult medication
- She was just 18 pounds when she died
While the actual brutality done to this child was not directly done by either the grandmother or by the former social workers, the brutality could not have continued if either of the three had taken appropriate action.
There have been many news stories here recently about people seeing bruises on children that were later murdered or severely harmed and either not reporting these abuses or reporting them, then the social services did nothing to prevent further abuse…the little girl who had survived cancer and was murdered by her step mother after abuse was noted by relatives who did nothing is one example. The little 10 year old girl in Florida who was murdered by her adoptive parents. Her plight and that of her equally abused twin brother were reported to child services who did nothing to save these children, but allowed them to remain in the home with their abusers.
I am glad to see that people who are or should have been responsible for seeing that abuse about which they had been informed or seen was not stopped. I am glad to see that the failure of these people to act either in their roles as “public servants” who received a pay check and had an legal obligation to act, and the woman who as a grandmother to this child, and as a witness to the abuse, had a human obligation to intervene are being held accountable.
As a Registered Nurse Practitioner I was a “mandated reporter” when I was in family medical practice. I reported instances of suspected physical abuse and sexual abuse—-and as a private citizen, I reported instances of suspected sexual abuse of children. It was frustrating because too many times there was little or no prosecution accomplished for “various reasons.” Sometimes just because doctors don’t always want to intervene and to take a chance on (get this!) “Making the situation worse” by sending daddy or grandpa to prison. Sounds kind of like the logic used by the Catholic Church doesn’t it?
I am also glad that the church official in Philadelphia that helped cover up for priests who had molested children is also being prosecuted.
Maybe a few of these prosecutions will wake up a few people who have been complicit in keeping abuse of all kinds the “family secret” or the “church secret” or just the “dirty secret.”
Encourage those you know to report even cases of suspected abuse of children of any kind. It may be the report that saves a child’s life or welfare. We all have a human duty to help safeguard the children of the world.