Mothers and stepfathers kill their children

I’m going through some links I’ve accumulated over the last couple of years. Ever since reading the works of Daniel Amneus (see sidebar), I’ve been noticing that all the news items about are about the mothers, stepfathers, or “Mommy’s boyfriend” killing or assaulting the children. I know there are exceptions – I read about one when I was nine – but there is only one kind of father who kills his children: a Muslim one.

A friend of mine is the daughter of a doctor who often has to testify about the X-rays of abused children. He observed this pattern of who’s responsible so much that as soon as he sees a suspicious injury on an X-ray, he immediately says, “Where’s the boyfriend?” And most of the time, it is, in fact, the mother’s boyfriend.

I’m going to share some of these news items with you. This is a link dump and the links are very unpleasant. Be warned.

Note: A couple of the links have expired, but the excerpts I pasted should give you an idea of their content.

NY mom held in deaths of 3 children

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Three young children found dead in their apartment appeared to have been drowned or poisoned, and one had her throat cut, police said Monday….

The mother, Leatrice Brewer, 27, called 911, telling an operator “she killed her babies. She even spelled her name to the 911 operator,” Fleming said….

Two men who identified themselves as the children’s fathers said they had fought in vain to have them removed from Brewer’s custody.

2 mothers plead no contest in fatal fire

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two mothers pleaded no contest Monday to involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of five of their children in a house fire that began while the women were out at a bar.

Shakita Mangham and Furaha Love, both 26, entered the pleas in return for the dropping of lesser charges. Mangham also pleaded no contest to making false reports to police.

Love and Mangham left the children in the care of two 8-year-olds in June, police said. Authorities say the early morning fire was started by children playing with matches.

Not guilty plea in NY child death case

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman suspected of drowning her three children in a bathtub has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Cops: Wisconsin Parents Poured Water on Pantsless, Duct-Taped Children Outside

A criminal complaint filed in Chippewa County Circuit Court said the case began Oct. 18 when a sheriff’s investigator and social worker spoke with a 6-year-old boy at Cadott Elementary School who had bruising around one hip, across his back and on the left jaw and ear area.

Investigators said they learned the boy’s mother slapped him on the face and his stepfather punished him with a belt. They said they also learned of an incident in which the boy was hit with a belt and then had to stand duct-taped to his 7-year-old stepbrother as they were standing outside with no pants on and water was poured on them.

Abuse risk seen worse as families change

Six-year-old Oscar Jimenez Jr. was beaten to death in California, then buried under fertilizer and cement. Two-year-old Devon Shackleford was drowned in an Arizona swimming pool. Jayden Cangro, also 2, died after being thrown across a room in Utah.

In each case, as in many others every year, the alleged or convicted perpetrator had been the boyfriend of the child’s mother — men thrust into father-like roles which they tragically failed to embrace.

CORSICANA, Texas — The live-in boyfriend of the mother of a 6-year-old found hanged and sexually assaulted has been arrested in connection with the child’s death in Texas, KDFW-TV reported Thursday.

HOUSTON — A man condemned for killing and beheading his common-law wife’s three children had his conviction overturned Wednesday by a divided Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.


EDMONTON -A judge has handed a “draconian” conditional sentence to a young mother who physically assaulted her four-old-daughter and did nothing to protect the child from the sexual assaults perpetrated by her boyfriend. The 22-year-old Edmonton woman was sentenced to two years of strict 24-hour house arrest followed by one year of probation. She must work or attend school, or she will be in breach of the conditions and sent to jail. She will be required to perform 180 hours of community service and attend any therapy her supervisor requires. The court will control whom she lives with, and she cannot be alone with anyone under 16. “I have never made such a draconian conditional sentence, but this is a serious case,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Darlene Acton said yesterday. The court has heard that the young mother has lived a sad life plagued by physical, emotional and sexual abuse. She suffers from borderline personality disorder and major depressive disorder, along with a host of other troubles. Both of her own parents were drugaddicts. Her former boyfriend, Darcy Don Bannert, 25, has been found guilty on nine charges and will be sentenced July 31.


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