So a man meets a woman and her three kids as they are shopping at Wal Mart at 11 pm on Friday night. After befriending them, he offers to take one of the children (an 8 year old girl) for a snack and leaves the store with her. The police issue an Amber alert. The man is found and arrested on Saturday morning at 9 am. The girl is not with him. Just over an hour later, the girl’s body is discovered.
The man has an extensive criminal record:
1992 Convicted of attempted kidnapping and selling obscene materials. This placed him in the sexual offender database.
2003 arrested for burglary and dealing in stolen property
2006 Parole violation
2009 Child abuse, making obscene phone calls to a 10 year old girl, and making verbal threats. According to the arrest report he claimed he was a social worker with
the Florida Department of Children and Families and told the family they
were under investigation by the state. He plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of attempted child abuse and
attempted impersonation of a public employee.
He was just released
May 31, and 21 days later, he murdered a little girl. There is plenty of blame to go around.
Evil exists in the world. There are evil people in the world, and we need to constantly be aware of them. it doesn’t matter if they are armed with a gun, a knife, or with nothing but charm and guile, they are still deadly. Never forget that humans are the most dangerous animal on the planet.
We teach our children that they should avoid strangers. The problem is that the majority of abductions in the US are committed by people that are known to the child. As parents, each of us have a responsibility to know and vet the people who have access to our children. This woman let a man that she had only known for a few minutes walk away with her child. She will relive that moment for the rest of her life. If she is married, the odds say that this marriage is over. The feelings of resentment from the husband will likely destroy that relationship. A momentary bad decision has ended a child’s life and destroyed a family.
All of us:
By continuing to push for the war on drugs, we have thrown more of our population in jail than any other civilization in history. We keep having to let the dangerous people like this guy out of prison to make room for drug convictions, only to see them hurt people. This guy was released at least twice, and broke the law almost immediately upon release.