Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
“To Train Up a Child,” a parenting book that advocates parents use such extreme discipline measures as starvation and severe beatings with switches and plastic tubes, has been implicated in the murders of three children, all adoptees: 4-year-old Sean Paddock, 7-year-old Lydia Schatz, and 13-year-old Hana Williams. Last month, Williams’ adoptive parents, Larry and Carri Williams, were convicted of homicide by abuse after the girl died of malnutrition and hypothermia, both punishments linked with advice from the book, which was written by a preacher and his wife. Politix.com reports on a petition that is circulating urging Amazon.com to remove the book from its website–so far, the petition has garnered more than 80,000 signatures:
The book by preacher Michael Pearl and his wife Debi advocates using a switch on babies starting at 6 months old. The book also recommends beating older children with a flexible plumbing pipe that “can be rolled up and carried in your pocket.” The Williams’s seem to have taken that advice to heart. When Hana died, her body was scarred by beatings with the plumbing line.
The same kind of tubing was used to beat Lydia Schatz, 7, whose adoptive parents were convicted of second-degree murder in her death. Her parents would intersperse beatings with prayer. Lydia “died from severe tissue damage, and her older sister had to be hospitalized,” the New York Times reports. Another small child, 4-year-old Sean Paddock, was scarred by beatings with the tubing when he died at the hands of his adoptive parents.
The Williams’s told friends that Hana was “rebellious” and recommended To Train up a Child as manual for dealing with rebellious children, according to Slate. Hana has also been deprived of food (perhaps following the Pearls’ advice that “a little fasting is good training”) and forced to shower outside and sleep in a barn without bedding, even in freezing weather.
Currently over 670,000 copies of To Train Up a Child are in circulation.
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Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Gruesome details, including blood-stained baby wipes, pillow, and blanket, are emerging in the death of one-year-old Rehma Sabir in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The girl’s nanny, Aisling McCarthy Brady, stands accused of murder, a charge to which she has pleaded not guilty while awaiting autopsy results. The girl’s parents, Sameer Sabir and Nada Siddiqui, were part of a nanny share, but the other infant in Brady’s care was allegedly unharmed. More from The Boston Globe:
According to the report, Brady arrived at the Cambridge home around 7:50 a.m. and awoke Rehma Sabir at 8:15 a.m., describing her to State Police as “cranky as usual.”
“By Ms. Brady’s own account, Rehma continued to play, eat, track her with her eyes and appear otherwise happy and normal at least until the 1:30 p.m. feeding,’’ prosecutors wrote. “Based on this reported history, the fatal injuries were inflicted sometime during or after this feeding and prior to finding Rehma seizing in her crib at 4:30 p.m.’’
In her interview with State Police, Brady said Rehma had napped from about 10:20 a.m. until about 1 p.m. At that time, Brady put the toddler in her high chair to feed her lunch. The nanny described the toddler as a “fussy eater who sometimes held food in her mouth for up to an hour.’’
The nanny told investigators that the child had two or three spoonfuls of potatoes and eggs, along with a bottle. Brady briefly stepped out of the room, and when she returned, she found the infant “slouched’’ in her chair with her eyes half-open, Brady said.
Brady told police she put the infant back into her crib to resume napping, leaving her there until around 4:15 p.m. when she became concerned with the duration of the nap and tried to waken the child.
Brady noticed that Rehma was clenching her fist and her arms and legs were stiff. She picked Rehma up and she appeared limp,’’ State Police wrote. “Brady got a wet cloth and placed it on Rehma’s head.’’
Brady contacted the child’s father, who told her to call 911. At about the same time, the child’s mother returned home.
According to prosecutors, Brady was the only adult present with Rehma Sabir after 1 p.m., which is when they allege the fatal blows were delivered.
When State Police examined the couple’s apartment Jan. 17, they found the blood-stained materials. They also found damage to the drywall.
In November, a Manhattan nanny was indicted for the murder of two children in her care.
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Friday, November 16th, 2012
The next chapter of the gruesome story that broke last month unfolded in court this week, as a grand jury indicted a Manhattan nanny for allegedly stabbing to death two children who were in her care. More from CNN.com:
Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was arrested earlier this month and charged with the murders of Lucia Krim, 6, and her brother Leo, 2.
Court documents released Tuesday show the grand jury indicted Ortega on first- and second-degree murder charges in both deaths.
Police say on October 25, the children’s mother, Marina Krim, returned to the family’s Upper West Side apartment, found Lucia and Leo dead in the bathroom and saw the nanny stab herself with a kitchen knife.
Ortega has been recovering since then at Weill Cornell Medical Center under police watch, and was still there as of Tuesday, according to hospital spokeswoman Linda Kamateh.
Krim left two of her children with the nanny to take her 3-year-old child, Nessie, to a swim lesson at a nearby YMCA, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said last month. She had expected to meet the nanny around 5:30 p.m. at a dance class, but when Ortega failed to appear she went back to the apartment.
The late children’s father is Kevin Krim, a senior vice president for CNBC Digital and former Yahoo executive.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Ortega had been a naturalized U.S. citizen for 10 years.
Image: Courtroom, via Shutterstock
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Friday, October 26th, 2012
The Upper West Side of Manhattan, a neighborhood that is replete with families, playgrounds, nannies, and babysitters, has been rocked by the news that 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega has been arrested for fatally stabbing a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl in the bathtub of the children’s apartment. Ortega was suffering from an apparently self-inflicted knife wound to the throat. The children’s mother, Marina Krim, returned home from a swimming lesson with her 3-year-old daughter to discover the horrific scene.
The New York Times has more:
“There were bloodcurdling screams from a woman,” said Rima Starr, who lives down the hall from the victims’ second-floor apartment. Ms. Starr also recognized a man’s screaming voice as that of the building superintendent.The screams prompted neighbors to call 911. Ms. Ortega was arrested as soon as the police arrived. She was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was in critical but stable condition.
According to the police, Ms. Krim and her husband, Kevin, had three children — Nessie, the 3-year-old who lived, and Lucia and Leo. Ms. Krim wrote a blog where she documented “life with the little Krim kids” and showed them in photos around New York City, eating Gray’s Papaya hot dogs, pretending to use a pay phone, napping on the sofa and picking pumpkins.
On the Upper West Side, with its dual-income families in which nannies are often an integral part of children’s lives, pushing strollers or walking their charges by the dozens home from school in the afternoon, the news of the double killing was met with stark disbelief.
“It’s family-oriented, this neighborhood,” said Pauline Sklar, a real estate investor who lives a block from the building where the children were stabbed. “Parents are working. They have to depend on people. My niece hires people. She researches them.”
Ms. Sklar paused, then added, “Or tries to.”
Image: The Upper West Side of Manhattan, via Shutterstock
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Friday, July 22nd, 2011
The family and religious community of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who was abducted and brutally murdered earlier this month, is channeling their grief into a call for good works and acts of lovingkindness in the wake of their tragedy. In their first public statement, released today, Rabbi Nachman and Itta Kletzky expressed gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy and concern they have received, and they called on people to memorialize their son by doing good works and contributing to The Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund.
“Let us perpetuate the feeling of collective responsibility and love expressed during the search for Leiby. An additional act of kindness toward your neighbor, or to those less fortunate than you, can go a long, long way toward perfecting our world,” the Kletzkys said in the statement.
The Memorial Fund’s website identifies the missions of the fund. It will:
- Help young orphans cope with tragedy
- Help indigent families feed their children
- Help troubled children at risk
- Help needy children falling behind in school
- Help poor parents clothe their children in dignity
- Help critically ill young children
- Help penniless couples to marry
- Help families going through a critical time in their lives
In other news, the attorney for the accused murdered, Levi Aron, told reporters he is stepping down from the case because of “the horrific way this boy was killed.”
(image via: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/)
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