WAKE UP PARENTS!! An Open Call to Parents, Foster Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Caregivers, Babysitters, School Administration, Churches, and Anyone Who Takes Care of Our Children!!

WAKE UP WORLD- !!

This is basically a distress call. It is addressed to ANYONE, ANYWHERE, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CARE OF A CHILD.

Are you AWARE of what the child you are entrusted to care for is doing RIGHT THIS SECOND?

IF NOT- WHY???????????

If they are supposed to be outside playing, ARE THEY WHERE YOU TOLD THEM THEY COULD GO?

IF NOT, WHY AREN’T YOU OUT THERE LOOKING FOR THEM?????

If they are in the care of a babysitter, do you KNOW AND TRUST that babysitter?

If they are supposed to be at school, DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR SCHOOL’S POLICIES ARE ON ABSENTEEISM?

IS THAT POLICY BEING FOLLOWED CORRECTLY?

If they are supposed to be at a school function, a church function, lessons of some type, or any other activity that they are away from you, their guardian and sole providers, do you KNOW that they are all right?

Do you fully, 100% TRUST the person, or persons that they are with?

If you DON’T- then WHY is your child, or your children, with that person, or persons??

I know, some of you are sitting there reading this, thinking, this writer is full of crap. You’re thinking, there is NO way possible to KNOW exactly where your child is, what they are doing every second of every day. But- and I won’t be the first to say this, to you, and everyone else out there responsible for the care of a child, and I won’t be the last: SURE- YOU MAY BE RIGHT- YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE THERE 24-7, BUT: Even if you can NOT physically be there, all the time, to INSURE that your child is safe, you CAN take every possible precaution to HELP insure that child’s safety. AND IF YOU DON’T- THEN YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME IN THE LONG RUN.

These things include simple items like these:

Set up a code phrase with your child. This is an age-old trick that has, in the past, helped avoid tragedies. For instance, if your child knows this code phrase, he is LESS likely to willingly get into a vehicle of a stranger, he is LESS likely to be lured away holding some strangers hand. Only you, your child, and specific other caretakers should KNOW this phrase. In some cases, parents take the time to CHANGE the code phrase on a monthly, or yearly basis, to prevent anyone else from finding out, either accidentally, or by the child slipping up and letting it out to the wrong people.

This tip is from the Polly Klaas Foundation: The best thing about the “What If…” game is that you can adapt it to your own life situation, and you can play it with children of all ages. For example, when you walk into a grocery store with your child, you can ask, “What if you couldn’t find me, who would you ask for help?”Going through the exercise of actually choosing the right person to ask for help is an excellent way to establish brain patterns that can kick in if they are ever needed. Scientific research shows that our brains work by pattern recognition. When an extremely frightening situation happens, human brains sort through their database for a “script” of actions taken previously. The brain that has more “scripts” can respond more quickly than a brain that has to process never practiced information. That’s why schools hold fire drills. Each time the kids get out of the building in a safe orderly fashion during a fire drill, their brains remember what they did and why. Actually going through fire drill practice is much more effective than only being told where the exits are and what to do in case of an emergency.

If you are a teacher, a babysitter, a neighbor, a Sunday School teacher, a clerk at a convenience store that knows your regular customers, for crying out loud- KEEP YOUR EYES AND YOUR EARS OPEN! PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!! If you SEE or HEAR anything from the children you are accustomed to seeing on a regular basis that you KNOW is not normal, DO SOMETHING about it! STOP SITTING ON YOUR DUFF AND ACTING LIKE YOU ARE DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND- TAKE THE RIGHT ACTION- YOUR ACTION OR PHONECALL MAY SAVE A LIFE!!!!! OR, AT THE VERY LEAST- HELP PREVENT ANOTHER DAY OF PAIN OR SUFFERING FOR AN INNOCENT, HELPLESS CHILD- !

In this world today, of lightening fast communication possibilities, there is simply NO EXCUSE for another child to go missing, or for another child to be abused, or for another child to be murdered. NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER!! Perhaps it is time that we, as adults, finally wake up and realize that the children of today, no matter WHAT country they live in, are the FUTURE OF OUR WORLD. What is done to them, what memories they have to deal with, what pain they have to bear, or, if they are fortunate – the blessings and happiness they have to remember, is what is going to INFLUENCE their actions in the future! WE- as their caregivers in whatever form we take- are RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT! Do you REALLY want to sit back and keep your mouth shut, and let another idiot harm another child? It’s on your conscience if you do, YOU are the one who will have to live with it, knowing you DIDN’T do anything to help- IF DOING NOTHING is what you choose to do!!!!!

The single most important thing to do today, as in years and decades and centuries past- is simply to take the time to TEACH your children. TEACH them right from wrong, TEACH them what TO do and what NOT TO do, instill in them the knowledge that will ultimately keep them safe. A little common sense goes a LONG way, in today’s world, just as in yesterday’s world. Yes, times may be different, but the basic fundamentals of parenting, teaching, caring for our world’s children has never changed.

In this writer’s opinion, it’s not the basic everyday values that have changed, it is the number of people today that practice them. If we ALL make a concentrated effort to abide by the RIGHT things to do, (yes, this includes HAVING A CONSCIENCE), then there won’t BE anymore Caylee Anthony, Haleigh Cummings, Kyron Harmon, Skylar Newton cases. Together- WE can make this STOP.

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Baby Bella- 17 broken bones???????

WILX.COM – Reporter: A.J. Hilton – Last Updated: 8:44 PM Sep 17, 2007
 >> Father Charged with Sexual Abuse of 3-Month Old

“This is probably one of the worst cases of child abuse I’ve seen since I’ve been working for Blackman Township,” said Mike Jester, Blackman Township’s Public Safety Director.

27-year-old Kirk Coleman stood quietly in Chief Judge R. Darryl Mazur’s courtroom, facing first-degree charges of criminal sexual conduct and child abuse, patiently waiting for the Jackson County judge to set his bond.

The judge set bond at $100,000.

Coleman was living in the Spring Glen Apartments just days ago, working as a painter. That all changed Saturday. Coleman, the father of a three-month-old baby girl, along with her mother took their unresponsive child to Foote Hospital in Jackson. The child was later airlifted to the University of Michigan‘s Mott Hospital, and remains in critical condition.

“The injuries are quite extensive,” said Jester. “Very serious, such as broken ribs, skull fractures and so forth.”

Blackman Township Police started their investigation, and it didn’t take them long to start questioning Coleman as to what happened.

“We determined that he was the only one home,” said Jester. “Our detectives spoke with him and was able to get him to admit that he was responsible for the injury.”

The three month old is still unconscious, and needs a ventilator to breathe. Child protective services has also stepped in terminating parental rights, taking custody of the child. A child who’s life will never be the same. 

http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/9838321.html

Baby has 17 broken bones

mlive.com – By Steven Hepker – Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Blackman Township baby clinging to life in an Ann Arbor hospital was beaten more severely than initially suspected, Blackman Township investigators said.

“She has three skull fractures, 11 broken ribs, both eye sockets are broken, she has two femur fractures and two tibia fractures — 17 broken bones,” Deputy Director Jon Johnston said.

“She could pull through but will have neurological deficits.”

The girl’s father, Kirk Coleman, 27, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree child abuse. His preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Jackson County District Court.

Coleman and the baby’s mother lived together at Springport Glen Apartments. The mother went back to work Thursday, leaving the baby with Coleman, Johnson said.

“We believe he beat her over two days,” Johnson said.

The baby was unconscious when she was taken to Foote Hospital at 8 a.m. Saturday. She was airlifted immediately to the University of Michigan Hospital.

She remains on a ventilator in critical but stable condition.

“Some of her injuries are much more severe than we thought,” Johnston said. Detective Chris Boulter got an update from doctors late Tuesday.

At his arraignment, Coleman said he was discharged from the Army in March 2006 and worked for a painting contractor in Jackson.

Child Protective Services severed parental rights over the weekend. Johnston said the mother has not been implicated. 

http://www.mlive.com/news/citpat/ind…180.xml&coll=3

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