“When I was 2, the police said my Daddy got drunk and got mad at my Mom, so he threw me and my baby brother in a dumpster.”
“Oh, that’s nothing. See these scars? When I was 8 months old, my Daddy confessed that he thought my Mom was cheating on him, so he stabbed me and strangled me with a Nintendo cord.”
After all this time, it takes a lot for a news story to turn my stomach. Both of these stories, in the news now, qualify.
The men charged in these cases aren’t kids. Ashonti’s father, Tommie Johnson, Jr. of Dayton, Ohio is 39. Keilyn’s father, Orlando Figueroa of Waterbury, is 35. Booze and jealousy fueled these similar crimes that made grown men believe innocent children are disposable because they helped create them.
I made you. I can throw you away.
Some people just shouldn’t procreate. You need a license to drive a car, and a permit to own a gun. Too bad parenthood can’t be similarly regulated.