Hetero “Our children need a mother and a father to thrive.”
posted by October 13 at 10:12 AMon
This little girl has a mother and a father—but she’s not thriving.
Calling it the “worst case” of abuse a detective had ever seen, the King County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Carnation couple last Friday on suspicion of criminal mistreatment after police found their 14-year-old daughter emaciated, dehydrated and suffering from severe malnutrition…. Police say the mother, 44, and father, 43, a software engineer, had starved the girl, who weighed only 48 pounds and was 4-foot-7. Police described her as resembling a 7- or 8-year-old….
According to police, the girl said her mother disciplined her by “restricting her water intake” to about a half of a small Dixie cup per day. The girl and her brother “were forced to sleep on the floor in the same room as their parents, and a heavy dresser was pushed in front of the door to keep her from sneaking out and getting water.”
Maybe this girl’s mother and father saw Ohio Republican state representative John Schlichter’s recent campaign flyer—the one in which he warned that “same sex couples [are] adopting our children”—and pushed that dresser in front of the door to prevent gay men from bursting into their bedroom in the middle of the night and adopting their kids. Or maybe they’re just insanely abusive assholes.
Doctors evaluated the girl’s teeth and found all of them to be eroded and chipped. She told investigators they hurt when she eats, and she recently broke a tooth while eating celery.
Doctors extracted six of her teeth under general anesthesia and capped the rest. They said the extreme dental erosion was “likely due to the shutdown of her salivary function due to extreme dehydration over an extended period of time,” according to police…. They also collected evidence that the family had health insurance and the girl’s little brother had seen a doctor in the past few years. The family’s two dogs were in good health and had recent trips to a veterinary clinic.
The kids are in foster care, mom and dad are in prison, and my jaw is in my lap.