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August 15, 2005

The Evening News

Tonight was one of those rare nights I was able to sit down and watch both the local and national newscasts. The lead story on the local news tonight was about a one year old girl who'd been severely beaten and is now in critical condition after having had surgery.

While this story sickens and saddens me, what really stuck with me was the Sheriff. He was interviewed live...and his voice broke and he was in tears. I've never seen this before, and it touched me.

What kind of monster beats a child? What kind of moral idiot would beat a one year old child so badly that they have to have surgery? The Sheriff said that even if this child lives, she'll be crippled for the rest of her life. A young, beautiful life is cut short.

I'm angry about this. As a mother, heck as a human being I'm upset about this. It's like that old saying "You need a license to drive, to catch a fish...but any asshole can have a kid."

So true.

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