Two young children died last week in Kansas. While their families grieve, they have my sympathy. I cannot judge those adults involved in these boys’ deaths, but I feel compelled to offer a couple of observations … as a father and grandfather.
How is a child in a baby sitter’s care ever exposed to “household cleaner”? A two-year-old boy in Arkansas City reportedly drank the stuff at the sitter’s house and she called the child’s father. No one thought to call a doctor immediately?
A 14-month-old in Salina died after being left with the child’s mother’s boyfriend. The baby had suffered horrific injuries apparently at the hands of the 27-year-old man.
My wife and I raised two children with no big accidents. As toddlers they were – literally – never out of our sight.
As for leaving a child with a boyfriend … I’ve commented on that repeatedly over four decades on the air. It should never, ever be allowed. It’s a formula for disaster.
Our thought for today is from Robert Browning, in ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’:
“Your children are not dead. They are just waiting until the world deserves them.”