Even though the mother took the child to the family physician, who provided a medical diagnosis, the media is still placing the social stigma of being a child abuser upon the traumatized parents. Further, the mother took the child to the hospital emergency and has already been branded by the public, as seen in the comment section of the article.
In all actuality, the mother is guilty of abuse as, I shall assume form the slant of the article, that she was unmarried, poor and receiving Medicaid, which are the three main factors that are described by law and policy as child abuse. The following is a comment against unmarried parents having children in Michigan, supporting the removal of children from unmarried and poor parents for the purposes of adoption into wealthy, married households:
Historically, society wisely sought to preserve married, and discourage unmarried, families because marriage is the most pro-child institution. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that children are better off in every facet of life -- socially, economically, psychologically, academically, emotionally and physically -- when raised by their married, biological parents.
When this situation is not possible, the state has tried to find a home that mirrored the ideal, one with married adoptive parents. While it is true that many marriages fracture, it is also true that unmarried couples break up at a far greater rate, with 70% of them disintegrating in less than 10 years.
Furthermore, this legislation creates an unsteady legal relationship in which two adults, with no legal tie or obligation to each other, co-assume responsibility for raising a child.
Sensationalism and jumping to conclusions at its best. This is a classic example of your tax dollars being spent on major public relations firms for media to pick up and promote the industry of child welfare fraud.
Boy Taken From East Side Detroit Home
POSTED: Thursday, April 8, 2010
UPDATED: 4:01 pm EDT April 8, 2010
DETROIT -- Detroit police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who they said may have died as a result of abuse.
Police said the boy's 18-year-old mother took him from their home in the 4000 block of Georgia Street to Children's Hospital late Wednesday night.
He was pronounced dead a short time later. Assistant Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said the mother told medical authorities that the boy had fallen down cement stairs while playing outside of their house, and that they took him first to their family physician because he didn't appear to be severely injured.
"Right now we're at a wait and see. We have queried and gathered all the prospective information, although there are still interviews going on," Godbee said. Godbee said child abuse is suspected but investigators are waiting for an autopsy report to determine if the head and body trauma are consistent with the mother's story.
Godbee said it may also be a case where the mother simply did not realize how serious her son's injuries were.
The boy's name is not being released. Police said he would have turned 3 on April 11. Because the death has not yet been ruled a homicide, the boy's parents are not in custody.Neighbors told Local 4 the boy's family, which included a brother and two sisters, moved into the house about a year ago.
If you are a poor and unmarried parent, there is a strong likelihood that you will be slapped with the social stigma of being a child abuser, all funded by Social Security Title IV-E funds.