This kind of story really gets to me....I don’t know the young father involved, but at his age I doubt that he is a malicious person (yet). This to me sounds more like a case of a child trying to raise a child and not having the right tools to get that job done safely!
Adult parents...please, please, when your kids start having kids...TALK to them about what to do when they get frustrated with the baby, or with life in general. I am sure there have been many parents that have felt frustrated over the years because of not enough money for Christmas or Birthday’s or whatever...caring parents WANT to get things for their kids that they may not have had growing up.
But, a mature parent doesn’t see causing pain to the crying baby as way to ease that frustration. The baby is already crying...why do something that will cause even MORE crying?
Yes, I think this young father should be punished for what he did, make no mistake about that! But, the mature adults in his life need to step up and help him as well. Mature adults everywhere need to step up to the plate...regardless of how well you tried to keep your babies from having babies too early...they do it...move on.
Don’t kick them out of your lives, help them. Continue to parent your kids so that they can parent theirs!
Teen charged, accused of burning baby in bath
By Cindy Swirko
Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 2:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 2:02 p.m.
Child abuse charges have been filed against a Gainesville teen-ager on accusations that he burned his 6-week-old baby in hot water.
The incident happened Dec. 24. The 17-year-old father and mother took the baby to Shands at the University of Florida with second-degree burns to the buttocks.
Police were called because of the nature of the injury.
"The investigation revealed that the father was frustrated that the baby was crying, and he boiled several bowls of water and placed them in the baby bath and put the baby into the hot water," Gainesville Police Lt. Mike Schibuola said. "He said he was frustrated and angry because he didn't have a job, he didn't have any money, and he had no presents for Christmas."
The baby's mother was not home when the incident happened and was not charged, Schibuola said. The father was charged with aggravated child abuse.