Children Are A Gift From God - 04/04/14

    This has been an exceptionally troubling week in the news biz.  We've covered the story of the Nolensville 16 year old who ran away from home.  Then, we had to report WHY he did that according to law enforcement.  They say the poor kid was being abused, that his mom made him do 15 hundred push ups because he didn't tell her the truth about burning a piece of toast.  A piece of toast.  I'll say it again, a piece of toast.  The sheriff then says after he couldn't complete the push ups (who could?) --- she slapped him around and shook his head (his brain is in there.) Then, the sheriff says she withheld food (he's a growing boy.)  So, the poor kid ran away and hid in a hole in the ground he'd obviously been digging and preparing for quite some time.  It had a plastic liner, a wood cover all of which was camouflaged with brush.   Granted, this mom is innocent until proven guilty.....  but the accusations and having to report on this story make my stomach hurt.  I had a visceral reaction when I read the details of the arrest report.  When the police found him and said it was time to go home, he said, "I can't."  
  
  I'm thankful after 22 years working in local and national news, that I still have a pulse, a heart and am not at all numb to the atrocities of child abuse. None of us should be.  If we suspect it... we should say something.  Better safe than sorry.

   Also this week we reported on a  Clarksville mom who asked her kids if they were "ready to die?"  Really?   Who does that?  Police say she was drunk driving through town and crawled through the parking lot when they finally caught up with her because she was too drunk to walk.

   These reports break my heart over and over again.  Children are a gift from God.  They are here to bring light to our lives, to remind callous and weathered adults of all the endless possibilities in life.

   Last month, a Tennessee stepmom and dad were charged with killing their daughter.  Call this one death by grape soda.  You heard right.  Police say they made their daughter drink 2.4 liters of grape soda and water in two hours to punish her for drinking some of her stepmom's soft drink.  Doctors say the massive amount of liquid intake caused her little brain to swell and herniate.

   I really feel like I'm going to throw up just writing that part of this blog... the same way I felt when I had to read the story on the news.  Oh my gosh.  What happens to an adult along the way that would make him or her ever want to hurt a child?  How does evil get such a hold over a person?  When they look at that little child's eyes... how can they not snap back into goodness?   How can they not?   I'm melted by my kids' deep, soulful, hopeful little eyes every single day.  I sit and stare at them all the time. Sometimes my kids will say, "Mommy, what are you staring at?"  I'll say, "You!  God says to focus on what is pure, lovely (I'm paraphrasing from Philippians 4:8-9) and commendable... so I'm focusing on you."

   In Christian County, a mom there left her kids locked in a room covered in poop.  In Columbia, a man is charged with beating his girlfriend's child --- then taking the infant to the doctor saying the baby was unconscious from the flu.  Now, a jury has already found this dad guilty of abusing his own 7 year old son and he's already served time in jail for that crime.  Who dates someone like that?  Why put your child in possible harm's way by courting a convicted child abuser? 

   For goodness sake, children are a gift from God.  If you don't want to love them (even when they're bad,)  don't have them or adopt them.   Please.  Their little souls deserve better.


 

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DRUNKEN BANK ROBBER

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- If you're planning to knock over a bank, it's probably best not to knock down a few first. That's what a man in Tallahassee has found out the hard way. Authorities say an intoxicated Stanley Geddie walked into the Capital City Bank and demanded $100,000 from a manager -- claiming he had a handgun and plastic explosives. When police arrived, they found the man "very intoxicated and spaced out" in the manager's office. They also found a cab driver who said he brought Geddie to the bank -- and complained he got stiffed on his $25.50 fare. At least the would-be robber decided not to drive to the bank heist. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Geddie is charged with robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer. He's also being held on two probation violations.

BASEBALL GIVEAWAY

UNDATED (AP) -- Spring training -- a time for baseball teams and their fans to be optimistic. But the Houston Astros are balking over a planned promotion by one of its minor league affiliates. The Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League feel so confident the 'Stros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotional giveaway this summer. But once the big league club heard about the pitch, they asked the Triple-A team to bench it. Grizzlies officials say they don't want any issues with its parent club.

POLICE HORSE ON THE LAM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- You've heard about the occasional rogue police officer. But a rogue police horse? A spokesman for the Cleveland police department says a horse with the department's mounted unit was tied up at a cemetery -- but got loose and started roaming the downtown area. Police finally caught up with Jack and got him back where he belonged. Police say there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Officers say Jack stayed on the street during his escape -- but didn't stop at red lights.

GOATS CAPTURED

SEATTLE (AP) -- You've probably heard the phrase: "getting someone's goat." In this case, police in Seattle got someone's goat -- times 10. A herd of 10 goats got free from a yard in the Beacon Hill neighborhood -- and began chasing a group of children. That led police on a chase of their own -- after the creatures. The police website says officers were able to wrangle the goats into a pen. Animal control officers were called to reach the goats' owner.

 
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