Citizens in California and in Illinois are mourning the cruel deaths
of defenseless infants in their states.
12 the Chicago Tribune reported Chicagoan Austin Troy Randolph,
23, had been caring for a 7-week-old baby and to stop the baby from
crying, he had shaken the infant and banged its head against a chair.
When he realized the baby's arms and legs were stiff and that the
child had stopped breathing, he splashed it with cold water to revive
it. The child did not survive.
29 the Chicago Tribune reported that newborn “Angelita DeOrosi”
was found dead of exposure on the cold night of Dec. 3 in Orosi,
California. The third of three infants, all born of the same mother
and found abandoned every eleven months over the past two years
was enveloped in a sweatshirt in the bed of a pickup truck. The
coroner concluded she was alive for less than a day.
we do more to protect our infants from harm? We think so. One answer
is to prepare parents and potential caretakers of infants with the
knowledge they need to keep infants in their care safe. All of us
are potential caretakers of infants. 80% of us become parents. We
must reach everyone before they have vulnerable infants well-being
in their sole control.
classes for all children while they are in elementary and/or high
school could reach all potential caretakers. Some programs exist
in Illinois often taught by Family and Consumer Science Teachers.
learn about the responsibilities of parenting, child development
and caring skills improving their ability to nurture and relate
to others. Baby Angelita’s mom might have been able to avoid
pregnancy or at least would have learned that her babies could have
been brought to a safe haven at a church or fire house. Austin Randolph
might have learned ways to sooth the crying baby in his charge.
responsibly take care of our youngest citizens, lets encourage our
legislators and schools to consider adding child rearing classes
for their students, most of whom will at some point in their lives
need to take care of an infant. More information can be found at
to the Illinois Prepare Tomorrow's Parents Month Index Page
to Prepare Tomorrow's Parents Month Index Page