Sadly more children have died due to mentaly disturbed parents. The latest case is in Arkansas where an ex Bronx resident has smothered three of her own children. Paula Mendez killed Elvis 8 and twins Sammy and Samantha age 6. Closer to home three month old Jordan Coss died from injuries caused by his father Wayne Coss who shook him and threw the infant in Platsburgh.
The mother in the above case has blamed her husband. She has also blamed the crime on her inability to pass the medical exams in the United States. Mendez is a Medical doctor in Mexico but had to work in the garment trade in the United States. The NY Post articles does not state if she is an illegal or legal immigrant. She allegedly tried to commit suicide by ingesting insecticide.
Each and every time I read these stories my heart goes out to the childeren. No doubt Wayne Coss will be treated severely and rightly so. The mother in this case is leading the fight for justice. The relitively young age 19 and possible drug and alcohol abuse are no excuses for murder. If he had a problem with the child he could have dropped it off at a local hospital. Some localities have programs where parents in these situations can drop off their children with no legal questions asked. Yet Coss treated his son like an unwanted object and killed him.
I have my doubt Paula Mendez will ever get the justice she deserves. She will get an ACLU lawyer who will blame her husband who was working in NYC. She will blame the childrens death on her inability to pass the medical boards or find decent employment. Some variation of post partum depression or an insanity defense will be attempted. I just hope the jurors in Arkansas are not persuaded by psychobable. Insanity does not excuse this great evil that this woman has perpetrated . Even if your husband is a creep one does not get the right to slaughter your kids or anyone else.
I am beging to wonder if parenting while intoxicated or drugged should be a crime itself. The right of a person to get drunk is superceded by the responsability as a parent. We do jail people for driving while drugged or drunk. Is driving a car any less serious a matter then caring for children ? The Coss case involved two teenage parents living in a Motel. Is it totalitarian for a social worker or a city police officer just to say hello in such a high risk situation ? I do not like random searches but two teen parents living in a motel sounds high risk.
I wish I could say there was a silver bullet. Sadly it didn't take long for another case to make us wonder about abused children like Nixmarry Brown.
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