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Why Child Abuse Should Carry Harsher Sentences

This is heart-wrenching:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A woman and her roommate were charged with starving the woman’s 9-year-old daughter, who weighed just 42 pounds when she was found, was locked up all day and was forced to wear a filthy diaper, authorities said.

My 8-year-old weighs 75 pounds. This little girl’s life had to be a living hell for her.

The girl was so emaciated that her spine and ribcage were showing when state child welfare officials took her June 30, police said.

The girl also had her hands bound behind her, was locked in a bedroom all day and wore a diaper that went unchanged for hours, officials said. She told police it was punishment for bad behavior.

“It’s a very disturbing case,” police Detective Joe DeLuca said. “You see very few like this.”

The girl now lives with her grandparents and has gained about 25 pounds in a month.

Melissa Samoraj, 27, and Raymond LaFountain, 31, were arrested Wednesday.

To me, these criminals deserve no less than life in prison without a chance of parole (and that’s the minimum sentence in my mind). This child is forever changed emotionally and perhaps physically because of their abuse. If this child can have a “normal life” taken from her, why do these criminals deserve better?

3 Comments »
Jo said:

Life or ol' sparky in my book.



Nancy Stroosnyder said:

I say do unto others. Those two might look pretty "cute" in diapers to some of the other prisoners. And...we can simply eliminate their food costs altogether. Oh, but wait, I forgot. They have RIGHTS don't they? Get some damned liberal lawyer and a damned liberal judge and get them therapy and parenting classes so they can go on to be "productive citizens" and move on with their lives. LET'S NOT FORGET WHO THE VICTIM IS HERE!



crystal grigsby said:

This story is just really sad i have a daughter that is a year and a half and i could never even dream about doing this to her...to me a nine year old is just a baby maybe not a little baby but someone who depends on the good nature of their parents. It makes me sick to think of someone tieing up their daughter and thinking thats ok...how can you not love your baby?



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