Baby Grace identified, mother to blame in her death

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I'm having a really hard time writing about this, but I thought it best to share this with you since I wrote about it so recently. Baby Grace has essentially been identified through DNA testing as Riley Ann Sawyers. As I guess we all suspected, some secretly, some not, her mother (and her stepfather) is to blame for her death.

For a very long time today after I read articles like this one, which I should not have read, frankly, because the details of Riley's brutal death at the hands of her mother are so terrifying and so horrifying they will surely haunt me for the rest of my life, I struggled to understand how it is someone could do something so evil to a child.

How someone, anyone, let alone a parent, could hurt one gossamer hair on a child's head is so far beyond me I can't even imagine it. I kept trying to rationalize why the mother and the stepfather beat their baby to death. And the truth is I don't want to know. I don't want to rationalize it because it's not rational.

These people make me physically sick. And the worst that will happen to them is they'll get to spend life in prison. What they did was despicable. The mother has admitted what she did. She is....

I can't. I just can't even go there. I don't want to. It wouldn't do any good today.

All I ask is that those of us who love and value our children think of what we can do to keep what happened to poor, innocent children like Riley Ann Sawyers from happening to other children. It seems to be all I read about anymore.

Frankly, I don't want to write about this stuff anymore. It's unbelievably painful. Yet I think people need to know however they may find out about the atrocities taking place. If we educate ourselves and get mad enough maybe something will be accomplished.

Interestingly enough, when I read the article the person I wanted to be with most was my son. I wanted to run to him to be comforted by holding him. He's almost eight months old.It's truly amazing what someone so small can do for you.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.