Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I Am Outraged

I read something this morning that literally sickened me. I'm copying almost the whole article here because it's from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and I don't want you to have to register to read it. The article follows my outraged sputtering.

Children are sometimes taken away from parents on the strength of an anonymous tip from a neighbor with a grudge, and yet when there is overwhelming evidence of abuse, such as this, this is the best we can do? Seriously? All the father has to do is say he doesn't feel she is a danger, and coerce a boy who's 6, for crying out loud, to say he doesn't want to God, words fail me.

We've GOT to better than this. Probation? Are you kidding me?

I just hope later on down the road we don't hear of this woman having murdered her son, and everyone crying that we saw it coming and did nothing. Nothing. Because people, this is how it happens. Hind sight is always 20/20. In this case, it doesn't have to be that way.

This poor little boy deserves better than to be around this monster that just happened to give birth to him. She is not, NOT, a mother. This woman should be forcibly sterilized.

And to the judge: shame on you. You dropped the ball in a colossal way. How must he feel right now? What a helpless, desperate feeling he must have after this. Who will protect this little boy, if not you? Do you really feel that your job in this case was to protect the mother? Can you please explain this to me?

A Stockbridge mother accused of cutting a piece of her son's tongue with hot scissors was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years probation after the boy's father testified he didn't want her imprisoned.

"He told the judge she is a good woman, and he doesn't feel his son is unsafe around her," said the woman's lawyer, Rickey L. Richardson.

Henry County prosecutors had recommended Samantha J. Davis, 33, serve five years in prison. Instead, she will spend a 60- to 180-day stay in a detention center before going on probation.

Judge Wade Crumbley also ordered her to finish a 26-week parenting class and a nonviolence class and have only supervised visits with her son.

Henry County police said Davis heated a pair of scissors on the stove in August 2004 and held it to her 6-year-old son's neck before cutting off a piece of his tongue as punishment for talking back.

Her estranged husband, Toby Davis of Decatur, reported the injuries to police and she was arrested. The child has been in his father's custody since then.

Davis pleaded guilty in June to two child cruelty charges.

But the state's case was hampered when Toby Davis filed court papers refusing to cooperate with the prosecution and asking that charges be dropped. The boy also signed an affidavit saying he did not want his mother prosecuted. [People - he's SIX!!]

Henry District Attorney Tommy Floyd said he didn't know if the father's refusal affected the sentence.

"The judge didn't say, 'This is why I'm doing what I'm doing.' [I would LOVE to hear the judge's reasoning behind this. I think we should demand it.] I know the father was very reluctant to prosecute and we feel he influenced the child," [gee, ya think?!] Floyd said. "We had to take extreme measures to even get them into court today."


"She's relieved," [yeah, I [flipping] bet she is] Richardson said. "She was hoping for straight probation but at least it isn't the five years in prison the state wanted."

Davis will not serve her sentence as a first offender, which would have allowed her to have no criminal record on file if she successfully completed probation.

As Davis gets further along in her sentence, Richardson said, he will petition the court to amend those restrictions.


gb said...

I notice the father took HIMSELF away from his wife (the article says they are estranged), yet left the little boy there unprotected. Judging by his comments, I'm surprised he even reported the crime.

Gail said...

I have no words.

Jamie said...

That is sickening.

mommy said...

Good point, mom. And he's every bit as culpable as she, in my opinion, because of this:

"He told the judge she is a good woman, and he doesn't feel his son is unsafe around her," said the woman's lawyer, Rickey L. Richardson.

Since when do a man's FEELINGS trump what actually HAPPENED? NO, he's not safe! His mother held scissors to his throat for crying out loud! She cut off part of his tongue with scissors!

Still outraged....