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Monday, July 21, 2014

A seven-year-old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly starved and weighed only 25 pounds when he arrived at a hospital. The boy's mother, Mary Rader, 28, and his grandparents, Dennis and Deana Beighley, turned themselves in at the Mercer County District Attorney's office Wednesday and were charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint of a minor, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy, according to court documents. The only time the home-schooled boy was allowed outside was on the back porch, where the sometimes fed on bugs.

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He was "was within a month of having a major cardiac event that he probably would not have recovered from," said Dr. Jennifer Wolford of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Child Advocacy Center. The boy has gained 20 pounds since being admitted to the hospital. His most important medicine, according to the hospital, is food.

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As deeply as I am against the death penalty in all cases, why do I find myself wanting to make an exception for parents who torture children?

#1 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-07-20 12:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

I can kinda understand effed up parents,but the grandparents too,wtf

#2 | Posted by bruceaz at 2014-07-20 12:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

Me-2, Bruce. Sick stuff. But the parents probably learned it from their parents.

#3 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-07-20 01:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

Bookmarked this one for later.

She's a homeschooler and, therefore, clearly a Conservative.

Logically, it follows that ALL Conservatives are now child starving scum.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-20 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

They were released on unsecured bond ??

They should have been charged with attempted murder IMHO

#5 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-20 04:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Logically, it follows that ALL Conservatives are now child starving scum.#4 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-20 02:13 PM

Not much of a logical leap. Twenty-five percent of American children live in poverty, ergo opposing food stamps = supporting child starving. In addition, opposing socialized medicine = favoring the suffering and death from disease of those same impoverished since very few of them could afford to obtain adequate services in the free market. [...]

#6 | Posted by censored at 2014-07-21 12:16 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Today's conservatives truly are doing god's work, assuming their god desires the death from disease and starvation of small children.

#6 | POSTED BY CENSORED

Gotta get em young before they sin too much to get to heaven.

#7 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-07-21 07:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

This unusually sick couple had two normal weight daughters & one thin but not starved son. There is something to ths story that does not meet the eye. If the 3 non-starved kids are all older maybe the victim was being punished for having been an accident; or he could've been selectively picked for death for some real or perceived character trait.

i agree that this was attempted murder, but in an extremely passive-aggressive manner. It was also obviously correct to remove all the children from the reach of all the adults in this household.

#9 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-21 09:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

@Kenx - I agree there is more to the story. It sounds like the other son was on the same path as starved boy. They just hadn't escalated it yet.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-07-21 10:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

With some irony, I was pondering the wisdom of home schooling while driving this weekend. I say irony because cases like this would be exposed much much earlier if public schooling was mandatory. The reason I was thinking about it was an article and discussion on the melting pot effect and of immigrants of "integrating" into society.

In the end I think I am against both home schooling and private schools. It is for the best interests of society to insist on public secular schooling for many reasons. Certainly you can obtain a better education than in public schools by home schooling or private schooling. It is also certainly not guaranteed. The thing that bothers me most is the same people that make the rules for public schools then proceed to send their kids to private schools or home school.

Many of private schools today serve no purpose other than segregation and indoctrination and contribute to the continued trend toward poor quality educations from public schools. Basically - teach religious beliefs at home and teach facts in school. Every religion has their own flavor of "the facts", which is fine if you believe to teach them and disadvantage your children it is your option. (Just a simple example I have home schooling co-workers that actually believe the earth is not much over 4000 years old. I am sorry if you believe this...) In my mind society owes your children the opportunity to actually learn language, math and science so they can compete in marketplace for good jobs. It also benefits society for your children to mingle with other flavors of religion and learn to respect each other. I feel the direction we are going in this country with home schooling and religious schooling is toward intolerance and not for a harmonious society. As for other types of private schools it is a case of the rich get richer. It costs college tuition to get in (and the education is in general good) but it is again a prime example of it's not what you know but who you know.

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-07-21 10:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

"As deeply as I am against the death penalty in all cases, why do I find myself wanting to make an exception for parents who torture children?"

Because you're human and this mad woman was doing something that doesn't just offend us as humans but as higher primates.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-21 05:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is sick stuff and those parents/grand parents should be put in jail and throw away the key.

Now for my next comment:

Logically, it follows that ALL Conservatives are now child starving scum.

#4 | POSTED BY JPW

By your logic, then it follows that ALL liberals are now considered prejudice willing to pigeon hole anyone that does not conform to their way of thinking.

Also sick, but not to the same depravity, more disappointing.

#13 | Posted by path at 2014-07-21 06:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

#11 ~ Not to quibble about nonsense, but the age of the universe and the earth are thought by some to be 6014 years, not just over 4000. Interesting thoughts on private schools; but most of the upper class will, barring some revolution, never stoop to allowing their children to associate with the lower classes during their development.

The last horror story i saw about home schooling was the 6 brothers who had been raping their sister, for years, with at least the mother's knowledge of the abuse (if not the father's). That living nightmare gave me pause...

#14 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-22 05:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

Another meaning to life, the universe and everything (do not read if you have not, and plan one of these days, to read):

'Venus on the Half-Shell' by Kilgore Trout

Our hero, Simon Wagstaff, has searched the universe for the answer to the primal question, "Why are we created only to suffer and die?" (i misremembered this as Why are we born only to suffer and die?") After many adventures, Simon and his robot lover, Chworktap, are parting (2 chapters remain, so...) They love, but can no longer stand each other. Simon's parting words to her may be, "You're not a robot, Chworktap, remember that always. You're a real woman, maybe the only one I ever met." By this he meant that she had courage and compassion. These were supposed to distinguish real people from fake people. The truth, and he knew it, was there were no fake people; everybody was real in the sense that everybody had courage and compassion tempered by selfishness and vindictiveness. The difference between people was in the proportions of these mixed up in them. "You'll be a real man someday," she said, "when you accept reality." "What is reality?" Simon said and did not stay for an answer.

#15 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-22 05:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Another ANSWER to Life, the Universe and Everything" referring of course to 'Hitchhiker's Guide...'

#16 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-22 06:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

#1 - Because some things are morally unconscionable and objectively wrong. When these things happen it challenges are subjectively held pseudo compassionate views.

#17 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2014-07-22 06:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

Again; don't read if you plan to read VOTHS in the future. Simon Wagstaff, has searched the universe for the answer to the primal question, "Why are we created only to suffer and die?" THE ANSWER (supplied by the most ancient being in the universe, who himself knew the Creator, but did not remember if It directly answered it) = why not?

#18 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-23 12:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

#17 ~ changing one's mind from wanting justice to wanting vengeance, due to a horrific event of human depravity, is not evolving from pseudo-compassion; it is devolving from intelligence to raw emotion. (Please note that this is probably a temporary glitch being expressed in comment #1, which is normal for an empathetic human.) Torturing or killing sociopaths / murderers swayed by greed or passion, who have tortured or killed, reduces the society to their level. Seeking justice elevates society.

#19 | Posted by kenx at 2014-07-23 12:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

#19 My point, clear as day, is that there is a strong reaction to such crimes due to the objectivity of the evilness of the event reacted to. Some things are objectively wrong in a moral sense.

It is a testament that morality is objective (contrary to many individuals false assumptions and proven inconsistency that morality is simply a subjective social construct decided at the whim of the majority).

#20 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2014-07-23 07:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

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