There has been some alarming news in Philadelphia this morning. A five year old elementary student was kidnapped, assaulted, and raped by a 19 year-old daycare worker. Christina Regusters, the daycare worker, allegedly wrapped herself in a Muslim veil, similar to what the five year old’s mother wears, and took the student out of class. They then proceeded to a nearby house where the girl was told to strip, put on a long t-shirt, and hide under the covers. Regusters apparently dropped the five year old 18 hours later at a nearby park.
Tragedy struck on Friday, December 14 in Newton, Connecticut. There were 20 children and 6 teachers murder by the hands of Adam Lanza. I think after this shooting we all have come to understand the importance of safety in schools and gun control. But a lot of people are missing the real issue, mental health. One mother reached out to provide some understanding for the situation because she too deals with a troubled son.
Roderick Arrington, a 7 year old from Las Vegas, passed away on November 30 after his mother and step-father beat him to death. What was the reason? He did not do his homework and lied about reading a bible passage. He was admitted to the hospital on November 29 for sever bruising and brain swelling. Roderick moved from Illinois where he was living with his father to Las Vegas with his mother Dina Palmer and step-father Markiece Palmer. Dina would let Markiece discipline her son and would join in if her son was no obeying their rules. Dina was involved in Roderick’s last beating and watched Markiece, “shake her son to death.” Roderick, had bruises on the back of his buttocks, thighs, and back from various objects.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (25) shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins (22), during a domestic dispute on December 1st. He later turned the gun on himself after arriving at Arrowhead Stadium. Belcher’s mother, who witnessed the murder, called 9-1-1 shortly before 8 a.m. to have Perkins rushed to the hospital but the multiple gunshots ultimately proved to be fatal. The couple left behind a 3-month-old daughter.
In light of the recent Powerball lottery, a murder trial with Dorice Moore seems all too relevant. Dorice Moore was the financial adviser to Abraham Shakespeare and is now on trial for first degree murder for the death of her client. Mr. Shakespeare was once a multi million dollar lottery winner in Tampa, Flordia, but is no longer reaping the benefits. Ms. Moore allegedly shot Abraham in the chest and spine, and then continued to bury his body under a concrete slab in her backyard. There are no eyewitnesses as of this moment but prosecutors have no doubt that she knew something up was when Mr. Shakespeare went missing.