Another horrific child abuse murder

I don’t usually feel many emotions about the cases I put up — I’m kind of closed off from that — but child abuse cases really get to me sometimes. I added the case of Noah Thomas McIntosh today and the details are just horrific. The things that poor child went through in the months and years before his death. The apathy of social services. The stuff his dad bought after his disappearance, presumably to dispose of his body.

I don’t like kids myself, but I really don’t get people mistreating them. If Noah’s dad was so tired of him and his toileting accidents (which were not in any way Noah’s fault), why keep him at all? Noah’s grandfather loved him, and tried to save him. I bet he would have taken him, if Bryce had given up custody.

It doesn’t help that the kid looks so darn adorable in all the pictures, like a little doll. That smile, those teeth growing in.

And his sister… I didn’t include it in the casefile, she was occasionally forced to help her father torture her brother, by holding him down in the bathtub for example. And she may have been in the apartment when her brother was murdered, even if she didn’t actually see it happen. I really hope that girl is being looked after by someone who cares about her. And that she’s getting therapy.

As far as I know, the police are still hoping to find Noah’s body. Though looking at all the stuff his dad got, there may not be much of a body left to find.

I really hope Bryce just decides to plead guilty and be done with it. If he cares at all about his daughter (who will probably have to testify), he won’t put her through a trial. But then again, he DID torture and murder an eight-year-old, his own flesh and blood, which strongly suggests he doesn’t care about anyone but himself.

8 thoughts on “Another horrific child abuse murder

  1. Sheila Roberts March 8, 2020 / 12:37 am

    I hope Noah and Gabriel are finding the peace and happiness they were denied on earth.

  2. Mia March 8, 2020 / 9:19 am

    I clicked on his profile but I couldn’t read anything. His sweet face is too much like my son’s.

    • Vincent March 8, 2020 / 9:40 am

      Your precious precious child.

      Some of us develop PTSD just by being exposed to trauma through photos or news stories. Some of us are traumatized by seeing homeless people, or homeless dogs searching for their families. Some of us are traumatized by the terrifying realization that a large percentage of the human population simply does not care. That, for me, is the stuff of nightmares.

      • Mia March 8, 2020 / 10:51 pm

        I have always been bothered by children’s cases (about age 10 and under) , but I actively avoid a lot of them now that I’m a mom. Kidnappings, especially if there are few details, I can usually read through. But when you know violence has been committed… I can’t do it.

  3. Mia March 8, 2020 / 10:54 pm

    Hey Meaghan, I noticed on Rommie Essex’s case that you said he didn’t have a cell phone or a cat at the time he went missing. I’m assuming you meant “car” (although maybe he didn’t have a cat either).

  4. T.T. March 11, 2020 / 9:42 am

    My jaw dropped when I read the summary and I began to audibly groan when I learned the depths of what that sweet little boy went through at the hands of those monsters (yes, BOTH. OF. THEM.) I’ll never understand what provokes someone to harm children, especially sick/disabled children or their own flesh and blood. Noah’s “father” is evil and his “mother” is a worthless waste of space. And his poor sister. My heart goes out to her and their grandpa.

    I’ll close out by paraphrasing (not word for word) some of the words that you had mentioned, Meaghan, when you spoke about another awful child abuse murder case (that of Daisja Marie Weaver): I’ll never understand why women get with these scumbags, let them abuse them and their children and do nothing to protect them.

    • Meaghan March 11, 2020 / 10:07 am

      Of course most of the blame has to fall on Bryce, and he will get LWOP (though probably not the DP, California hasn’t executed anyone in well over a decade). My guess is he “accidentally” drowned Noah during one of those bathtub torture sessions. Bladder exstrophy can cause long-term issues with continence, and given what was going on I bet Noah was wetting himself from fear as much as anything.

      And Jillian… I bet Bryce was abusive to her too, but Noah was a child and she was his mom and had a duty to protect him. This isn’t some naive teen mom. She is older than I am, 37 I think. A mature woman. She was taking notes about the abuse, which suggests she had a pretty good idea that what was going on wasn’t right, and she did eventually call the cops, but it was all too little, too late. Even if she couldn’t sue for custody for whatever reason, lack of money or bedroom space or whatever, why not enlist her father’s help then?

      And CPS… I know there’s a big budget crisis in California, I know social workers are horribly overworked and underpaid, but I really don’t understand why no action was taken when they said themselves that Bryce caused Noah “serious injury.” Injury which he was at risk for getting more of, since Noah’s toileting problems weren’t going to disappear.

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