Be(at) My Baby Tonight

You know, this post has been a long time coming. Many times, I’ve thought about posting this, after reading about some especially heinous crime perpetrated against a child by its mother’s boyfriend. Heaven knows, and sadly, there have been way more opportunities for that than I would like.

And to some extent, maybe I can understand what drove these women to choose men who are likely to do something like this. I’ve been of the mindset, long ago, that I am nothing without a man. If a man wants me, loves me, then AND ONLY THEN, am I worthy of love. And in some cases (not mine, fortunately), any old man will do. In all of the cases outlined below, these men had criminal records, which these women either failed to check out or ignored. In some cases, they only knew these men briefly. In one case, a mother of a special needs child decided her sexual needs overrode her duty to protect her children. The mind reels.

I’m not a mother, I’ve never given birth, I have no children, and live a CFC lifestyle. It’s not that I don’t like children, I just like them better when they’re not around. I love well-behaved, neat, clean, polite children. Unfortunately, there are too few of those in the world. But no child, no matter how much of a brat he or she might be, deserves to be beaten, and especially not beaten to death. That sentiment goes beyond one a parent would have, but is from the standpoint of a human being. Killing is wrong, and you don’t have to be a religious fanatic to comprehend that. And why some of these mothers aren’t behind bars, rotting in prison next to their ill-chosen boyfriends, is beyond me. In some cases, they are just as culpable as the one who actually caused the child’s death.

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