Should we start the sterilization process? Maybe we need a social worker for every child born. It’s so discouraging to see these unfit mom’s being able to give birth to healthy babies, have no love for these kids. There are so many women out there who can’t have children and these moms are given the natural gift and they destroy it.
Something about this seems unfair. In the hospital, they need to start questioning these women as to whether they believe they are capable of raising a child. These women are treating the birth of a child like a death sentence. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
We spend so much time judging mom’s on everything they do. To breastfeed or not. When to potty train, when the child should be crawling, climbing, walking and talking. So there’s a lot of pressure on a mother to be perfect. No wonder they don’t want to show any signs of weakness. No wonder they don’t want to ask for help. But these parents? Meth Meth and more Meth.
Prosecutors allege Kitzmiller was abusing the child regularly and that Sullivan knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it or to get treatment for the injuries.
On the day of the child’s death, Sullivan told police she was on the phone with a friend and speaking about her desire to “get away from Kitzmiller’s abuse” of her and her son.
As this call was occurring, the baby was in Kitzmiller’s sole care. When Sullivan went downstairs she found the baby wearing only a diaper while Kitzmiller moved the boy’s legs “in a rough weird bicycle thing.” The man told Sullivan the boy would be fine and to just put him to sleep. She picked him up and he seemed calmer, but later that night she heard the boy making noises and gasping for air. She pinched the boy to try to get him to respond and said she heard the baby gasp a few more times before the child stopped breathing.
The couple went upstairs to use a relative’s phone to call 911. First responders performed CPR but life-saving measures were ultimately unsuccessful.
Charging documents say Sullivan told police that Kitzmiller was rough with the baby, though she continued to leave him in his care. She also said she had learned the man was using heroin daily and said he was verbally abusive toward her.
She said he would abuse the boy, including grabbing him by the shoulder and throwing him in the air, swaddling him face down and on one occasion covering the boy’s mouth and noise with his hand as the baby cried. She said he once threw the baby back and forth between his hands and also slapped him in the face and would bite his hands.Charging documents state Sullivan was aware of the injuries but never sought medical care for her son.
Police say Kitzmiller told officers that Sullivan and a relative had yelled at him for being too rough with the baby, and he said he and Sullivan had used heroin in front of the child. He said Sullivan did not cause any of the boy’s injuries.
A doctor examined the boy and found he had lost 14 percent of his body mass in weight in the 13 days since his birth, going from 5 pounds 6 ounces to 4 pounds and 8 ounces at death. He had abrasions and bruises on his face and body. The boy also suffered a spinal fracture and a broken rib along with a “massive” amount of swelling in his brain.