Horrifying cases of child abuse come to light
Tales of cruelty and neglect shock authorities
Shocking tales of parental abuse - one in Cleveland, Ohio, and another in the United Kingdom has left the world in shock and law enforcement authorities dumbfounded. In each case, officials are at a loss as to why the children were left unaccounted for over a lengthy period of time. Both cases involve the misuse of personal computers.
The Smallworld video game proved to be so addictive for one British mom that she neglected her three children and let her two dogs starve to death. The bodies of the dogs were found in the woman's home two months after they had died.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In Cleveland, Ohio, 37-year-old Talthina Jackson is accused in the horrific torture of her two teenaged sons. The abuse began when she found her 15-year-old son using her computer in her bedroom. Accusing the boy of stealing from her, Jackson repeatedly beat and choked the boy.
After the son ran to neighbors, police entered the hellish household where they uncovered even worse abuse perpetrated by Jackson on her 14-year-old son. According to investigators, Jackson locked her younger son in his room and forced him to eat feces and vomit - his own and the family's cat.
Jackson is free on a $35,000 bond and is due back in court this week.
In Swanley, Kent in Great Britain, a 33-year-old mother became so obsessed with a computer game that it led her to neglect her three children and the family's two pet dogs.
The mother "played the Small Worlds game almost non-stop on the Internet for months while her children were reduced to eating cold baked beans straight from the tin with their fingers," according to a newspaper report. "Her home became filthy, with rubbish strewn over the floor and the bodies of her two dogs, a German shepherd and a lurcher, left for two months in the dining room it was revealed."
The woman had been recently widowed and became obsessed with the video game, to the point where her obsession led to her "only getting two hours sleep a night."
The three children, ages 9, 10 and 13, who were reportedly "badly neglected for six months." In addition to being barred from using computers, she has received a suspended jail sentence.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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