I think it’s high time that people who keep their mouths shut are charged as accessories to a crime. From the Toronto Sun:
Catholic Children’s Aid Society investigator Osiris Villalobos wiped away tears of his painful memory of the 5-year-old boy at the Hospital for Sick Children on Nov. 30, 2002.
Villalobos was testifying at the trial of Baldwin’s grandparents, Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman, both 53, who are accused of first-degree murder. Jeffrey died of acute bronchial pneumonia, but extreme malnutrition was the underlying cause.
While all the other rooms at the home were heated, properly furnished and clean, Jeffrey’s room was barren, freezing and disgusting, court heard.
Jeffrey’s bed was literally soaked in urine and caked in dried feces. The floor around his mattress was urine-stained and rotten, Villalobos testified.
A bag of soiled diapers lay on the floor and food remnants lay in what appeared to be a dog bowl, he said.
“Every adult in the house had knowledge of what was happening to Jeffrey (and the other girl) and had failed to report,” Villalobos testified.
Now, it goes without saying that Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman are worthless subhuman scum who should be tortured to death. But what about the other fucking people who were living in this house, who had full knowledge of the torture being inflicted upon this helpless child, and who did nothing? According to the article, there were four other adults living in this house, apparently related to the grandfather. One of them was asked if he knew, and he said that he knew but he didn’t want to report them because he would get kicked out of the house. Yes, that’s right; he turned a blind eye to child torture so he could get free rent.
People love to talk about “personal responsibility”, but there is also such a thing as “social responsibility”, and when you know that a child is being starved, frozen, made to eat out of a dog bowl, and forced to sleep in his own feces, you have to fucking tell someone. Every single adult who lived in that house should be dragged into court and charged as an accessory to murder. I’m sick of this notion that you can’t charge someone for failing to act. Charge these fuckers for failing to act, goddammit. If it were up to me, I’d make them starve, freeze, drink their own urine, and eat their own feces. This poor kid had fecal matter in his lungs, goddammit. News stories like this make me want to vomit.