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Blender Andrew R. sent this one in, saying “when my partner and I see these articles we always say but we cant have kids. Amazing how low the bar is for hets when it comes to raising kids.”

A 17-year-old girl, in the U.S. on a visa, stands accused of dumping her newborn baby near a retention pond in Marysville, leaving him for dead.

The baby boy with the umbilical cord still attached was found in a plastic garbage bag Saturday night, apparently after being tossed over a fence, police said. The newborn was covered in blood and appeared to be no more than a few hours old.

The baby suffered a mild case of hypothermia and was taken to Providence Everett Medical Center; at last report, the infant was doing OK.


And you also have the John and Linda Dollars of the world. They are the Florida couple who tortued and starved their children, then fled, eventually being caught and charged. The kids were beaten with belts, paddles, switches and whips, kicked, and at least once struck with a cattle prod. [The Dollars surrendered their parental rights in June 2005.]

Of course, whipping your son with a belt enough to hospitalize him is not a crime in Ohio. At least not according to the judge in Cincinnati City Councilman Sam Malone‘s case.


He told his son that he was going to “whip the black off you.”

Parenting is the hardest job in the world – and way too many people are parents that probably shouldn’t be, but they do have the right to procreate, of course. Then you have gay people that desperately seek to be caring parents who live in states that make it hard or impossible to foster or adopt.

The world is screwed up.

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