While checking my twitter stream this morning a tweet by Barry Bateman grabbed my attention with the #BabyKillers. I had an idea of what had happened to baby Wade but decided to jog my memory and googled all I could find on the case. This information in conjunction with the stream of tweets from the courtroom today as the “mom” and “dad” were sentenced, left me sick and very heartsore.
I can’t for a moment comprehend what must make a person mad enough to inflict those kind of injuries on any human, let alone your own child ( a 2 month old baby). I don’t for a minute profess to be the perfect Mother or that I don’t get angry. In fact this evening through all the chaos (Ev is away and I have to take control of everything… **makes mental note to be more grateful of all my husband does**) I did find myself taking a few deep breathes. Ella talks non stop, Mili was unpacking the cupboard and I was doing homework with Caleb while keeping an eye on pizza’s in the oven. A relatively relaxed day in Ferreira household but by other peoples standards, organised chaos.
A few things that I read today which I can’t get out of my mind are:
- Baby Wade suffered severe head injuries, had healing broken forearms and 22 rib fractures
- A pathologist testified during the trial that she had never seen a baby with such severe injuries. Baby Wade’s brain injuries were so extensive that the swelling pushed his skull apart
- Baby Wade was severely abused for at least 2 weeks before he died
I am somewhat shocked at the sentence received, 13 years for Shoeman (“dad”) and 10 years for Rudman (“mom”). I am not a judge and understand that there are many factors taken into consideration when handing down a sentence but I say they should both be NEUTERED. These 2 should never be given the privilege to procreate again.
So as I chuck down my microphone and climb down from my soapbox…I head off to tuck my Tribe into bed. Tonight I will hug them a little tighter, as for me it is a privilege and not a right for me to be the Mom to these beautiful children.