Baby in distress got no help
I could begin this story by calling it a comedy of errors – only none of it is funny, and ‘errors’ doesn’t even begin to cover the level of farked up that defines this case.
Ramiro De La Rosa has been accused of choking his 7-week old daughter to death – after slapping her face repeatedly “because she wouldn’t stop crying”. Yeah….because slapping them quiets them down, right? I’ll say it again – the only way striking a baby will stop the crying is if the blow renders them unconscious, or kills them…..or both. It will, however, get the abuser free accommodations at the local pokey. No babies crying there.
The 16-year old mother, a high school dropout, was living with De La Rosa and their two children (the older child is a one-year old) in a house that had been trashed and was devoid of furniture, according to the landlord. She had frequently gone to neighbors, begging for money, and one neighbor said she seemed disappointed when she was given diapers instead of money. Boy, I’m shocked…are you?
After choking the baby to death, the two dropped the baby girl off at a fire station not far from their home. I know paramedics are good, but did the idiots really think they could revive a dead baby? Or were they just trying to cover their butts?
Now, for the ‘errors’. First, Ramiro was a juvenile drug offender, who had been sent to a drug rehab. Only, he didn’t remain there – he was sent to a children’s shelter when the rehab center was threatened by a hurricane. He walked away from the shelter, and a warrant was apparently issued. While he had these outstanding warrants, he was arrested twice – but since they were ‘juvenile’ warrants, the cops released him both times. Good call, officers.
A neighbor also said he sometimes heard the sperm donor yelling at the children, and he suspected abuse. He also noticed a bruise on the baby’s face two weeks prior to the murder. He didn’t report the abuse, because he said he would feel bad if the child was taken away. I bet he feels even worse now. This same neighbor also told authorities that De La Rosa told him that he didn’t want the baby and thought he could get cash for her. Ummmm….hey, stupid….that’s illegal, too. It would have been better than killing the kid, though. Maybe. If he sold the kid to a child slavery ring, or a child molester…that would be worse….wouldn’t it?
The 16-year olds’ mother knew Ramiro was living with her daughter, and where they were. She didn’t report him, either. She said he wouldn’t let her talk to her daughter.
With the condition of the residence, and the dropping off the baby, we can also add filthy home and baby dumping to the list of atrocities these parents subjected their children to.
There’s more, but you can check out the link for the rest of the details. I can’t continue. My head is about to spin into another dimension.
Summation: Incompetent cops, and probably judges and probation officers to boot + incompetent grandma + incompetent neighbors + incompetent landlord + incompetent mother = one dead baby. Any ONE of those people could have saved the life of that baby, but they didn’t.