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Kids’ lives cheapened

In the Oct. 30 Spokesman-Review, on pages A5 and A6, there were articles: one on a 2-month-old baby that was beaten and had 20 broken bones; the other of an Ethiopian child, age uncertain, who died of exposure in Sedro-Woolley. I guess pages 5 and 6 are all they deserved.

Some way, the laws must be changed to protect our children. In Spokane, Tyson Romaneschi, 27, was sentenced to only 10 years in prison. His lawyer said Romaneschi didn’t mean to hurt the baby. I sometimes wonder how a lawyer sleeps at night. Romaneschi should have been given life.

In the Sedro-Woolley case, Carri Williams was given just under 37 years and husband Larry nearly 28 years only because they could not determine the child’s accurate age. The homicide by abuse charge applies only if the victim is younger than 16. These people, no matter the age of the child, should have received life without parole.

When will children become important and the laws change for their sakes?

Carleen Reilly

Nine Mile Falls



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