Another day, another child abuse death

Wrote up the James Hutchinson case today and boy am I angry on his behalf. And on behalf of his siblings. James’s suffering is over. But his older siblings (I do not know their names or sex, only ages, seven and nine when this occurred) will have to deal with the consequences of their childhoods for the rest of their lives.

I was just sitting there imagining what it must have been like. To sit there in that nature preserve, in the dark and in the cold, with their dead brother’s body wondering if their mom was ever going to come back.

Which she did, after thirty or forty minutes. But that time must have taken an eternity for those children. They were old enough to know they had been abandoned. Old enough to know there was something very wrong with their brother, maybe even old enough to know he was dead.

And poor James. Clinging to that car door handle. He just wanted to be with his mom and couldn’t understand why she was doing this to him.

Frankly, I don’t understand why she did this to him. She even admitted that it had occurred to her to just drop the kids off at a fire station. As elementary schoolers they wouldn’t have been protected under Ohio’s safe haven law (which only applies to newborns under 72 hours old) but the firefighters definitely wouldn’t have hog-tied the kids, or abandoned them in a nature preserve in the middle of the night, or run over and killed any of them.

And all this, just to keep the love of a man who was married to someone else and pretty much an all-around turd. Really?

I really hope the surviving children are being looked after by someone who actually cares about them. And that they’re getting a lot of therapy. They’re going to need it. I just worry that the kids might grow up bouncing around in foster care and become adults of the same caliber as their mother.

12 thoughts on “Another day, another child abuse death

    • Meaghan April 16, 2022 / 9:32 pm

      It looks like quite an ordinary woman’s Facebook page. You would never guess at the horrors happening at her house.

  1. T. T. April 17, 2022 / 6:49 am

    This is one of the few casefiles that I read that actually made me gasp out loud. How reprehensible. Those poor little babies. There truly isn’t enough justice in the world for those monsters to pay for what they did. Just awful all around

  2. Kiki April 17, 2022 / 10:27 am

    This is so sad. What kind of a mother would abandon her children for a man who was abusive towards them? It breaks my heart to hear these cases when a mother choses a man over her own children.

    • Meaghan April 17, 2022 / 1:50 pm

      It just occurred to me the reason they decided not to leave the kids at the fire station: because if they did that, whatever welfare and/or child support payments the mom was receiving for her children would of course be stopped.

      • L.B. April 27, 2022 / 10:18 am

        That’s probably why. Anyone with an iota of empathy and compassion would have left the children at a hospital or fire station.

        Unfortunately from my own experiences in childhood, there are any number of parents who are fine with abandoning or even murdering their children when they no longer are convenient or gratifying to them. Especially when they perceive the children to be impediments to a new relationship.

  3. Alice April 19, 2022 / 2:59 am

    I’m not American, so we don’t have the same fire station rules, but I am horrified at how a mother could treat her children this way.

    • Meaghan April 24, 2022 / 8:27 pm

      The mom’s boyfriend is legally married to another woman who supports him in spite of everything he’s done, and insists he’s innocent of wrongdoing in little James’s death. Even though he pleaded guilty.

      I don’t know why two different women are so besotted with the slimeball, that one killed a child for him and another sang his praises to the news reporters after he cheated on her and pleaded guilty to a slew of felonies resulting in a prison term. He’s not even good-looking.

      • laurenquoraishee May 21, 2022 / 2:45 pm

        She didn’t abandon and kill “for him.” She did it because she is a sadistic abuser who likely got enjoyment from her kids’ pain and fear. Nobody can brainwash someone else into doing this to their kids. I bet she never even planned to drop them off at the fire station. Abusers like her are pathological liars who will lie to minimize their involvement and pin the blame on others. Don’t fall for her story.

        I also don’t believe for a second this was her first instance of abuse towards them. I guarantee she physically abused them just as bad as he did or even worse. Someone doesn’t develop this level of hatred towards their kids overnight. Her kids have probably been well trained to cover for her.

    • Meaghan April 24, 2022 / 8:40 pm

      Oh, and regarding the fire station thing: most US states have some version of a Safe Haven law, where a parent can drop off a newborn at a few designated places (hospitals, police stations and fire stations are common designated places for this) and leave it there with no questions asked and without facing criminal charges for child abandonment.

      These laws are designed to prevent parents from committing infanticide — like, say, a teen girl who hid her pregnancy from her parents, or maybe didn’t even know she was pregnant, and gave birth alone in a gas station bathroom. There are many cases of infanticide happening in such circumstances. But with the Safe Haven law the baby’s mom could just leave the baby at a designated spot and go back to her life, her parents none the wiser, and the baby would be adopted. These laws have saved a lot of babies’ lives.

      One of the stipulations in these laws is that the abandoned child has to be a newborn. One state, Nebraska I think, accidentally passed a Safe Haven law with no age stipulation in it and until this was corrected, parents were using it to abandon much older kids, even teenagers.

  4. AK April 23, 2022 / 2:31 pm

    Why couldn’t Ted Kaczynski’s rage have been directed at “people” like this couple instead?

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