When Innocence Is Lost – Child Murders on the Rise

When Innocence Is Lost – Child Murders on the RiseTheir lives are lost to nannies, which are charged with caring for them; to family members who are supposed to watch out for them; and, by parents whom they thought loved them.  Who are these victims of such brutality?  That’s right, the children.  Whether it’s in Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, New York, or around the world; just pick up any newspaper, on any given day, and you’ll read at least one story of child-murder that will break your heart. It’s devastating when innocence is lost.

It seems as if the killing of innocent children has reached epidemic proportions, with death tolls rising regularly. But what’s more alarming, is that those who commit these heinous crimes against our loved ones have little or no remorse. Strangers and family members, with the conscience of a sociopath, snatch their innocent lives away, with the ease of blowing out a candle.  And it’s frightening!

Daily headlines are full or horrific stories of babies, toddlers, young children, tweens and teens, who are assassinated by those whom they innocently thought, loved them, or by those they didn’t know at all.  

*Father fatally shoots young son and then himself at YMCA in Manchester, NH

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man used a handgun to shoot his 9-year-old son to death before taking his own life during supervised visitation at a YWCA office in the state’s largest city, officials said Sunday.

 *Death of Southwest Philadelphia girl, 4, ruled homicide

PHILADELPHIA – July 19, 2013 (WPVI) — A Southwest Philadelphia mother has been charged with murder in the death of her 4 year old child.

24-year old Josephita Brown was arrested Thursday night after her daughter Seanita died at Chhildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Tuesday.

*Yoselyn Ortega, NYC Nanny Accused Of Murder, Denies Killing The Krim Children

The New York Daily News visited Yoselyn Ortega inside Rikers Island Wednesday, where the 50-year-old is locked up after being charged in the gruesome murders of two-year-old Leo Krim, and his six-year-old sister Lucia.

Not only do these murders rob us of our loved ones, but they leave an unbearable aftermath of pain, and grief, for those of us who are only left with memories of innocence lost.

It is with great sadness that I write this article, especially knowing that many perpetrators of these viciousness and unconscionable acts, usually take the coward’s way out.  And either lose their lives to suicide or in a hail of gunfire by battling it out with police.

When I read today’s story about a father murdering his 9-year-old son in New Hampshire, I asked myself one question, “How?”

Written by DeBorah Heggs-Alston


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