Death of a child at any age is a catastrophe and what makes this even harder to accept is when someone decides to kill their child and then blames that they heard “voices” telling them to do the horrible deed. Why is sensibility thrown out the window and insanity walks in through the door like a welcomed guest? Has not society learned by now that children are precious gifts from God to love, protect, and train up properly and not something to throw away because of convenience or having tired of them? Any demise of a child is a tragedy, is torment, and judgment that is soon to fall.
Laurel Michelle Schlemmer was charged with homicide and related charges for the drowning deaths of her two sons Luke age 3, and his older brother Daniel. The question that should be asked is, “What could have driven her to the point of desperation to kill her youngest children?” In 2001, Andrea Yates drowned her 5 children in the same fashion as Michelle did to her children. Andrea blamed postpartum depression as reason for why she did what she did. The court found her guilty of capitol murder and sentenced to life in prison. In 2006, she was given a retrial and found guilty by reason of insanity.
Filacide, is the deliberate action of a parent killing their child and the 3rd leading cause of death for American children ages 5-14, according to Dr. Phillip Resnick, a doctor of Forensic Psychiatry at Case Western University. The all-consuming question is “Why?” As in the recent Ft. Hood shooting, as well as others in days gone by, people are all left with the agonizing task of trying to put the pieces back together to make sense of why they acted as they did and what can be done, if anything, to prevent this from happening again. The killing of a child whether it be through abortion or another means will always be a tragedy that brings torment to the hearts of the family who undoubtedly will cry out for judgment to fall.
Sadly, somewhere back in the mother’s or father’s past lies the main contributing factor that triggered the malfunction in their thinking to which they committed this heinous act. Somewhere in the deep recesses of their mind and soul lies a hurt so bad and never dealt with that they despised their life at that age. When they had children of their own who came to the age they were when the hurt took place, it set off a tidal wave of irrational emotions that clouded their thinking until their deed was done. Then and only then did reality set in and the truth did not set them free but would forever bind them to this fact: Guilty of Murder!
So what should be done with such people? Life, without the possibility of parole? Death by lethal injection? The chair? Hanging? Beheading? The list could go on and on, but what will their death for the murder of their child accomplish? It can be seen that the punishments that have been handed out has not been a deterrent because once again a parent is guilty of killing their children. Something must be done! Society is tearing itself apart at the seams and unless a workable solution is found, it will only get worse. God save all from such a day. A death of a child will always be a tragedy with torment and hopefully, a righteous judgment will fall. A child is a gift that must be highly treasured like a Stradivarius violin. The world has had its fill of hearing another story of a demise of a child by the hands of their parent. Judgment will indeed fall upon those who believe they will get away with killing a child. Once they are alone and waiting to die, they alone will bear the torment and guilt and realize this tragedy could have been avoided.
Opinion by John Thomas