A Commitment Against Child Abuse and Neglect Must Address Pot Use
Prevent Child Abuse America and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and groups dedicated to ending domestic violence will not make progress towards that goal until they unite in opposition to drug abuse. The notable drugs of abuse include marijuana. Some anti-violence groups are as ignorant as our court system, because they do not accept marijuana and other substance abuse as the primary compounding cause of child abuse and neglect. (Stress alone or poverty alone don’t cause child abuse. Substance abuse alone can cause child abuse and neglect. ) Continue reading →
(Part 1 shows child justice failures in Court. Part 2 of this series is about neglected children who died in fires. Part 3 covers children who die in hot cars and in drownings. Part 4 explains parents who are addicted or psychotic from marijuana. Part 5 shows how children die through violence related to pot. Part 6 presents a solution. Read a previous article,Three Children Die in Colorado.)
Yesterday afternoon in the Bronx, a 27-year-old mom threw her six-month-old baby girl out a sixth floor window. Onlookers tried to stop her, but Tenisha Fearon was screaming ‘we’re all going to die’ as she dangled the baby and told cops the ‘devil is in her.’ She was having a psychotic break, but Tenisha was generally known as a loving mother. A Facebook photo holds a clue as to why she snapped — the marijuana leaf on her hat. Only a marijuana user — most likely a heavy user — would advertise the pot leaf on their clothing. Pot advocates argue that marijuana doesn’t cause psychosis, but we find too much evidence it does. A woman who killed her 17-year-old son in Oregon on September 24 used pot several times a day and was paranoid. Continue reading →
When Rebecca Santiago-Reyes left her apartment at 2:30 a.m. to “smoke some weed” last February, she must have need her “fix.” When she went back to check on her children, one was missing. Fortunately, the 4-year daughter was found outside. She was unconscious and had turned blue. The temperature in Connecticut was only 3 degrees, but the little girl survived. Addiction gets in the way of parenting.