Thank you to Shawn Vestal for writing about the sometimes monstrous failure of our communities in dealing with even obvious physical and psychological abuse of children (“Alleged abusers not only failures,” Jan. 21).
With 911 and the state Department of Child and Family Services and citizen volunteer CASA programs and seeming public awareness of child abuse, it seems inconceivable that such a years-long (lifetime) hell as little Wyatt received from his parents could still occur. I don’t see any way in which a person having been convicted of such abuse could have been reasonably deemed rehabilitated to lovingly parent the child in such a short amount of time.
This will happen again. If only there was a #Movement with zero tolerance for an adult physically battering children that injures their bodies, and committing psychological and emotional abuse that injures their souls.