Thursday, October 4, 2012

Victim or Monster? An Argument for An Increased Focus on Sex Education.

A fourteen year old girl, Cassidy Goodson of Lakeland, FL, is accused of killing her newborn baby and has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. She is accused of choking her newborn to death while the baby was still attached to her by the umbilical cord.  She gave birth to a boy in the bathroom of her home on September 19, 2012 and used scissors to pry the baby out of her body and into the toilet.  The deputies say she delivered a baby boy and then choked him to death.  After an autopsy was performed, it was confirmed that the baby was a full-term infant and that baby was alive and breathing before the baby’s death. The autopsy also confirmed the result of death was asphyxia from strangulation and blunt force trauma.
From what I have read, it appears the she faked two pregnancy tests to hide the fact that she was pregnant.  It appears that other family members thought she was pregnant while her mother was in denial. 
This does support the claim that we need more effective sex education for our youth.  This also shows a lack a communication and parental involvement.  I was watching the Nancy Grace show and it was reported that there were sufficient resources for assistance at her disposal. 
With all that said, I do have mixed emotions.  Was this girl failed by her parents and education system?  Is she just a cold blooded killer?  Some argue the fourteen year old girl is the victim and some argue the dead newborn boy is the victim.  What are your thoughts?

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