After writing about baby-beating boyfriends and penis-protecting mummies, I have to admit this article made me giggle. As a child-free young woman, the thought has popped into my head from time to time to do this to annoying children. But there is a big difference between thinking that something would be funny and actually doing it. And duct tape hurts like hell when you tear it off bare skin.
Jose Picazo and Sorida Carabantes of Bakersfield, CA were arrested last week. Jose was accused of duct taping two 14-month-old’s mouths and hands together. Now why would he do a strange thing like that? The answer is simple and completely logical: because they were fighting! Yes, Jose duct-taped their mouths to stop them from yelling and crying, and he duct-taped their hands behind their backs to keep them from hitting each other! I know duct tape is a very useful tool and it can be used to fix just about anything, but I didn’t know you can use it to “fix” angry fighting children. Or maybe not.
Now I’m trying not to laugh. I know it’s not funny and that it’s child abuse, hence why it’s on this blog. But it seems so logical, despite the fact that it’s child abuse. It’s like when Mr. Bean decides to repaint his flat so he wraps everything up in newspaper, sticks a firework in a can of paint and leaves. It’s stupid and it’s disastrous (especially when Mr. Bean’s friend ends up wearing paint because he comes by to get his hat) but it’s just so logical. This is a totally Mr. Bean thing to do.
Bean Picazo and Mrs. Bean Ms. Carabantes have been charged with felony child endangerment. Sorida’s in the poo because she knew Jose duct-taped the kids together and didn’t do a thing about it. There were other kids in the house that weren’t “fixed” with duct tape (perhaps they were “fixed” ages ago) and all of the children in the house have been taken into protective custody.
Thanks go to Chelcie for the tip (and the laugh). Please don’t think I’m a monster for laughing at this, but it reminded me of Mr. Bean and after all the darkness of dead children, I needed a laugh.