I just came across a Montreal Gazette article that got my blood boiling: Pregnant Woman Begs Court For Leniency In Child Abuse Case.
It is so unbelievably sad for me to read the facts of that case: The drug addict's 18 month old baby escaped from an apartment and climbed down three stories to the street, "saving his own life". He was nearly starved, had broken bones, burns, and infected sores. This lady has since had two more children (2 years old, 10 months) with some guy that has two other children, and now she's having a third. She says she's turned her life around, and if she goes to jail then the other children will be without a mother.
How about the Florida mother who murdered her three month old baby for crying as she played a computer game. Or maybe the father who took a drunken walk in a snowstorm with his two baby daughters -- the girls froze to death in their diapers and t-shirts. The mother who didn't want her children to be with their father, so she drowned them. Another mother was divorcing and wanted to take the kids back to Australia where she was from -- the father didn't want that so she killed the kids and tried to kill herself but failed. The couple who kept their five year old in the basement, feeding her vomit, beating her and shooting her with a pellet gun over the years until she finally died. The dad who killed his kids to punish his ex-wife for flirting.
On and on it goes. I'm touched far more deeply by the murder of a child than an adult. Part of it is the unfairness inherent in the murder of a small child. They are so weak, so trusting, so easy to fool. The murderers barely had to invest any effort in ending these lives, on a whim, in a moment of rage, to punish, or just for entertainment. Some of the murderers try to kill themselves afterward but fail, showing how incompetent they were and how manageable the victims were. It's unfair, but there is a tragedy beyond that!