One would assume that a parent would know better than to lock their kids in a a car with temperature well over 90 degrees. There have been many examples of parent being prosecuted for these deaths over the course of the last few years. Yet, incredulously we see it time and time again as if the bar has not been set low enough.
Enter Cynthia Marie Randolph, a mother of two in Weatherford, Texas who became upset when her kids, Cavanaugh and Juliet Ramirez refused to get out of the car. Now mind you the children are no more than two years old. Instead of removing the children physically from the car, she decided to teach them a lesson by locking them in the car. She then proceeded to smoke marijuana and take a two hour nap while her kids slowly died of heat exhaustion.
There is a profound lack of judgement and accountability when you hear stories such as these. What kind of lesson is a two year old to glean to being locked in a car? One has to simply consider that mom didn’t want to be bothered, lit one up, and disappeared into her own world, only to be woken by the horrific counterpoint to her decision.
This is such a tragedy. It is a tragedy that didn’t need to happen. Randolph is being held on two counts of Serious Bodily Injury To A Child.
Can we stop with these exorcisms? First it was the Walmart Parking lots and now it’s on a remote sandy beach, but parents thinking they can “release their child’s demons” seems like one part mental illness and another part over-active imagination.
Kimberly Felder took her eleven year old daughter to a remote beach (Centerville, CA) and proceeded to strip her, bite her, beat her with drift wood, and push sand into every orifice on her face. She was trying to rid the girl o her ‘demons’. Authorities say that in all likelihood she would have killed her daughter had it not been for a Good Samaritan who inserted himself into the situation.
John Marciel (pictured above) happened to witness the commotion and literally grappled with the mother, while on 911, to save the girl’s life. That my friends is being a hero. No matter how you slice it. According to the girl, several passer byes just ignore her screams for help, and they would have been morally responsible for her death.
I don’t think there’s much doubt in anyone who reads this story that Ms. Felder was out of her right mind. No sane person would act this way. There are several stories like this one that suggest some form of mental illness in play. But assuredly there were tell-tale signs to others before this event happened. How could it have been prevented?
Perpetrator: Anna Ritchie
Anna Ritchie is garnering all the wrong type of attention for her parenting skills. As a matter of fact it is said she resented being a parent at all. While her husband worked, she was tasked with taking care of young Austin Cooper, who was her stepson. That parenting dynamic proved detrimental and deadly, as Ritchie thought a fitting punishment for the child to be to soak his legs in 135 degree temperatures for upwards of 20 minutes.
For us to gain a true appreciation of the pain Austin suffered, a normal adult shower is taken at 105 degrees. The water was so hot and he was in there for so long that the skin began to peel from his legs.
Instead of taking him to the hospital, Anna Ritchie put Austin to bed with his injuries. When Austin’s father checked on him in the morning, he was no responsive. It was said he died of fluid and blood loss due to the burns, which if treated immediately, would have had a 95% chance of survival.
Robert Ritchie III (father) with son and victim Austin Cooper
Anna Ritchie was originally charged with Child Endangerment, but after facts came to light, those charges have been upgraded to include murder. The father has not been charged as of yet, but will undboutedly have moments of reflection as to what he did and didn’t do to protect his son.
I pray for Austin and the loss that his family suffers. I pray for mother and father’s well being and peace of mind especially with regards to the culpability of the latter.
Perpetrators: Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson
Chicken Found Tied Around Boys Neck
As the father of an adoptive child, stories like this make me cringe. There is no greater injustice then to take in a child who needs to be loved and nurtured and abuse them. But the foster child of Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson (beware of people who actively use their full name) suffered more than any eleven year old boy (my child is also eleven) should have to endure.
First Harper and Larson chained him to a piece of railroad track that was placed in his room. The boy broke his wrist one time in an effort to escape. The boy also featured a scar from where his “dad” cut him with a knife. He ALSO was burned close to his eye when “dad” took a piece of electrical wire and pressed it into his skin. He was never treated at a hospital for ANY of his wounds.
The boy was only discovered when the local sheriff was in the neighborhood on an unrelated call and spotted the child, handcuffed to the porch railing with a dead chicken tied around his neck. (I have no idea why the chicken was tied to the boy.)
You can’t make this up! Someone was so demented to incur these kind of injuries and atrocities on a child. The devious nature of people is beyond comprehension. And the coup de gras to this already horrific story is that Ms. Larson was a CPS Supervisor! There were four other children in the home in addition to the aforementioned child and all have been removed from the home while the “parents” are in jail facing child abuse and endangerment charges.
Who is caring for the children in America? If you are a prayerful person, I ask you to pray for this child and others like him. If you are not, I merely ask you to share this story and bring attention to their plight.
I can’t think of a more sinister betrayal of trust. A child relies on their parent’s supposed better judgement. They rely on their protection. It is a hard pill to swallow when a parent knowingly puts their children in harms way.
In Nebraska, Michelle Randall (see above picture) was sentenced for prostituting her children throughout the state. She apparently placed a Craigslist ad, offering “female companionship”. That “companionship” was to be provided by her 14 and 7 year old daughters. She then took her kids to the area motel where the two girls had sex with multiple men. In looking at preceding news stories from earlier in 2012, we are looking at about 7 to 10 men who had sexual relations with these girls.
How important is money when you have to sell your children to the highest bidder? That is a depraved and sick individual. Thankfully the judicial system saw fit to put her away for life with all the counts of child abuse involved. But what’s worse is that this is not an isolated incident. One of the first stories I did on The Depraved Indifference was one in which a mother was engaged in the prostitution of her daughters.
God help us…
It’s the kind of story that nobody wants to hear but we see as becoming all the more common these days. Maisa Alvarez is accused of tying her seven year old’s hands together, then stabbing him repeatedly in the chest.
The child is in stable condition at an Orlando hospital and nobody can determine what prompted the mother to such a horrific act as she had no criminal history or no run-ins with CPS. But I can see a psychiatrist and four padded walls in her future.