The local story in NYC is the tragic death of Nixmary Brown. Yet another child under the care of child protective services is dead. There is understandable rage at the perpetrator who should get the death penalty. There is anger at the social service agencies. However, there is anger at the mother for allowing and aiding and abeting the crime.
The truth is that this woman lacked self respect for herself and her kids. The natural instinct is that the woman has suffered enough. However, the question amongst friends and family is how can we hold the City accountable when the natural mother failed her own maternal instincts.
The child's educators did pick up and report the abuse. An NYPD investigation into the family failed. A doctor examined the child and failed to find the abuse. The Caseworker also failed to protect the child but there maybe other factors. All of the above have heavy case loads and parasitic lawyers second guessing every single act.We obsess about the Civil Rights of the parents but there are no voices to protect workers trying to do their jobs. It is easier to take a chance and do nothing as the level of scrutiny is intense.
However the mother in the case deserves criminal prosecution. She failed to protect her daughter from abuse that she readily saw. Parents are people and do make mistakes
and this is a reality. However the failure to protect ones children from serious abuse is unforgivable. No doubt this woman may have been beaten or lived in fear but there is no excuse .There are just sometimes that failure is unforgiveable and criminal prosecution needs to start.