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What can you say in the face of such indifference, brutality, and callousness?

by | Jan 30, 2015

 

By Dave Andrusko

policetapeAre there degrees of ugliness and inhumanity and brutality when a newborn child is abandoned at birth? Does it make a difference if the mother “actively” kills her child or “just” leaves them to die?

Is it worse to deliver a baby in a bar bathroom, place the child in the toilet tank, and then return to party as if nothing had happened? Or to allow your baby to freeze to death over two days and then be discarded with the reminder of the “trash”? Or to throw your little one from the top of a 17-story building?

There was, alas, nothing unique about an employee at the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in East Providence, RI, discovering the body of a baby boy—“ a fetus”—who was 19-20 weeks old, in the area of the plant that separates solids from liquids. The baby was found January 12 and as of the last report I read, authorities were still looking for the baby’s mother.

The employee initially thought what he saw was a toy.

But there were two strands of the story that struck me. First, the building was not shut down after the little boy’s body was found at 3:40 p.m. For some reason, that hit me as appallingly insensitive and extremely disrespectful. That was not a piece of garbage, it was a little one who as a neighbor told WPRI had not been allowed to “become the person that they were supposed to be.

“Very, very sad.”

The other thing is they don’t know how the baby got there or how long he had been there or his condition at birth. Kate Bramson of the Providence Journal wrote

However, the fetus was found in an area at the treatment plant that indicates it might have moved through the wastewater system, he said. The plant services East Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Smithfield, Cumberland and Lincoln, he said, so the fetus could have come from any of those communities.

Somehow—and I know this makes no sense—the thought of this little one’s body drifting through the wastewater system, mile and after mile after mile, made a hideous outcome (for me) even worse. That is no way for the life of any human being to end.

That somebody did that on purpose is unspeakably wrong.

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