This home-state story is making national headlines – as it should. Not all the details have been made public, yet what is known points horrifyingly to negligence beyond what any reasonable parent or fellow human can imagine. An eleven year old child who has not been taken to a physician since the age of three, dies from complications of diabetes while her parents “pray” for her to get better.
I posit this is the flip side of the religious fanaticism in the anti-abortion crowd – individuals who demand that the state control the welfare of every zygote and fetus, but claim parental autonomy when it comes to decisions about medical care for their children after birth.
If everything reported turns out to be correct, these people belong behind bars along with sexual predators, child molesters, murderers and other criminals whose presence threatens the powerless among us.