With that said, there is no one who pushes me to question my beliefs more than those who hurt children. This is mostly due to the fact that people who abuse, rape or kill children aren't human to me. To hurt a child, in my opinion, is proof that someone lacks any sort of decency or humanity.
Even though they aren't mine, I'm not sure I could control my actions if someone hurt one of the children I love. While holding Beanie Girl, I've sometimes wondered what I'd do if someone ever deliberately harmed her. The first time I held her, I thought about the stories I've read about shaken babies. I thought about the couple here in West Tennessee who were arrested for raping their newborn. I thought about the children who murdered by their own mothers. How? How can anyone hold that precious, fragile little life in their arms and have any thoughts of malice if they're human? And it doesn't stop with babies. How can someone hurt any child? How can you destroy something innocent?
This brings me to an article on CNN today. This is one of the worst things I've read in a long time.
TYLER, Texas (AP) -- An East Texas man took part in "pure evil" by helping to run swinger parties that forced children as young as 5 to have sex, prosecutors told jurors as the Mineola Swinger's Club trial began.
An 11-year-old girl then testified about taking "silly pills" and playing "doctor" with her younger brother at the club, where prosecutors say the siblings performed for paying audiences.
"They were forced to do indescribable acts," Smith County prosecutor Joe Murphy said.
"These acts were their life."
Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly, an alleged member of the club, is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and aggravated sexual assault of a child. He pleaded not guilty.
Kelly's defense team postponed its opening statements Tuesday, when the trial finally began after several delays. Molestation charges filed in June against a foster parent given custody of the victims stalled the trial for more than a month, and began an almost constant filing of court motions.
If convicted, Kelly potentially faces life in prison. That was the sentence two others linked to the club received earlier this year.
"This case is about pure evil," Murphy said.
Kelly is accused of helping start a "kindergarten" where the children learned to have sex with each other and dance provocatively. From there, the children graduated to the sex club, which was a rented-out former day care and hospital in the tiny railroad town of Mineola.
To help the children perform, prosecutors say, the adults gave them Vicodin-like drugs passed off as "silly pills."
During a sometimes anguishing four-hour cross-examination of the girl, defense attorneys asked about the pills she took and where she got them.
"Do you remember what they tasted like?" asked Tina Brumbelow, one of Kelly's attorneys.
"Old fish," the girl replied.
The girl, who wore a black bow in her hair and said she now likes watching television shows like "Hannah Montana," also led jurors through a sketch of the club she had drawn for investigators. In one box, in a child's scribbled handwriting, "SEX ROOM" was written.
The girl was scheduled to continue testifying when the trial resumes Wednesday.
John Cantrell, who was given custody of the girl and her siblings, is charged in California with sexually assaulting two of his foster children in 1990. Anthony Finkas, his attorney, has said Cantrell is innocent.
Margie Cantrell, John's wife, first told authorities in 2005 about what the children revealed to her about having being forced into sex inside the windowless rooms of the former day care.
Jamie Pittman and Shauntel Mayo were sentenced to life in prison after jurors deliberated less than five minutes in both trials. Four other defendants in the case are awaiting trial.
I SERIOUSLY cannot think of anything bad enough for these people. In fact, I don't think they deserve death. There are things worse than death, and there should be something "special" put together just for them. What happens to people that makes them do these things? Are some people born evil? Is this a result of some sick childhood trauma? Are there people who literally lack a conscience?
And what happens to these little ones now? What kind of life can they possibly have after what they've experienced?
Don't worry about being overprotective. Protect your children. Don't second guess yourself or let anyone "shame" you when it comes to your child's safety and well being. There are so many sick people in the world.