When I was growing up in Baltimore, there was a family that lived around the corner from me. The mother was a drunk who had 3 young sons who almost always were home alone. She would go out for weeks at a time on drunken binges with various men. She would stop in from time to time to give the boys food and then she’d take off again for days and weeks at a time. It was awful.
Today such children would be taken from the parents, and that’s a good thing. Back then, the neighbors all knew. Teachers may or may not have known. The boys were young and always dirty. Very sad situation.
The drunken mother got pregnant and had the gall to leave her infant baby with the 3 young boys. The oldest one could not have been any older than 7 or 8. And the one under him was maybe 5 or 6 and there was a younger one, 4?
Well the woman left an infant with those young boys and then she disappeared as usual. The oldest child handled the problem the best way he knew how. Can you imagine the stress those children were under to have such responsibility dumped onto their young shoulders? To silence the baby’s screams, the oldest child took a pillow and smothered the baby to death. Horribly sad.
I just saw this report today in the newspapers:
Gloria Yanes told Montgomery County police she found her 7-month-old baby girl, Larissa Yanes, unresponsive about 6 a.m. Friday after she tried to wake her for a feeding.
Yanes told police that she left the baby girl and her 3-year-old daughter in the care of their brother Jahnathan Aguiluc, while she worked overnight.
Police documents show the baby’s injuries were consistent with being hit by a belt. But Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy says further examination of the child’s body found the marks were bug bites.
“If you looked at the pictures you know exactly why police made the conclusions that they did,” McCarthy says of the medical examiner’s report.
“They were fair and reasonable conclusions. But it turns out they were bug bites and we wanted the court to know that because those are the facts.”
The report found the girl’s cause of death was asphyxia.
Aguiluc told detectives that he beat his sister, which caused her to cry. He said he then covered her mouth and nose with his hands until she stopped crying and put her in her car seat inside the family’s apartment, in the 11600 block of Lockwood Drive, police say.
Larissa was taken to Holy Cross Hospital where she died just before 7 a.m.
The boy in this case is 14 years old. People do not understand the serious responsibility and stress involved in raising children. Babies cry and scream. Adults have a tough time with them, so can you imagine a young child having to deal with that? Yet, we have parents dumping toddlers and infants off on their immature children. It’s not right. It is not the responsibility of children to care for an adult’s responsibility. Where was the infant’s father? Why wasn’t he taking care of his own baby while the mother worked nights? I doubt he is even in the picture. And so children have to pick up the slack. It is a lot of pressure and it’s stressful.
And now a baby is dead. I wonder how often such tragedies occur?