Un-fracking-believable. Charming Bitch has updated me on the case of Teresa Moses, the woman who tortured her beautiful son Raijon Daniels to death in a basement dungeon. At the time of her arrest, Moses insisted that her boy had swallowed Pine-Sol while holed up in the basement. But the autopsy report, which was recently released, showed no signs that Raijon had ingested a household cleaner. The official cause of death? Battered child syndrome. The coroner said that not only was Daniels’ body “thatched” from head to toe due to years of abuse, but that he also suffered from ketoacidosis, an acid build-up brought on by starvation.
The ketoacidosis angle only magnifies the tragedy. Authorities suspect that Moses would pour Pine-Sol on Raijon’s penis to make him stop pissing himself. You know what causes frequent urination? That’s right: ketoacidosis.
In other words, the autopsy proves that Teresa Moses is a lying, murderous mommy.
But who else murdered Raijon? Buried in the latest report is this little gem:
The brown and pale-red scratch marks over both of his thighs and his right shin were “numerous, too numerous to count,” the report said. According to a Kaiser emergency room doctor, Raijon’s physician twice in 2005 noted symptoms of past sexual abuse. (Emphasis mine)
And yet, no one acted. From 2002 until 2006, people reported that this kid was being abused – and welfare workers in Contra Costa County kept “evaluating out” these reports. How did they handle the physician’s report? Did the physician even reported his findings to child services, which is his professional duty as a mandatory reporter? How, in the face of such overwhelming abuse and immense physical scarring, could Employment and Human Services Department director Joe Valentine say that the only thing his agency might have done differently is make “another phone call”? There wasn’t a single missed opportunity by the state to save Raijon Daniels’ life; there was a four-year string of abuse and torture.
Prosecutors are unsure whether they’ll add a murder charge against Moses. As it is, the torture charge against her carries a life sentence. That benefits society, and will give Moses the bitch-smacking she so rightly deserves. Sadly, it does nothing for Raijon Daniels, who appears to have been murdered by the system every bit as much as he was murdered by his mother.