Eddie Evans -  Essays

A Philadelphia report says that a six year old boy and his 12-year-old sister were stabbed. The boy has died and his sister remains in critical condition. This took place in the city of Camden, a suburb of Philadelphia. Camden holds our nation's title as one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Police reported that an unknown one person slipped the girl's throat, and then she ran off, going door-to-door for help. A neighbor called 911.

Both children were taken to a hospital where the boy was pronounced dead. His sister remains in critical condition. We know from other throat cuttings that a cut artery in the neck often leads to brain damage and death. Even when the victim reaches the hospital alive. I hope that by my next report on this and other issues like it, this young girl rebounds and recovers her full health.

A TV station reported that a 17-year-old babysitter lived with the children because their mother is in the hospital. Apparently the teenager was not her.

The son of a local preacher by the name of "happy," has been named as the attacker. The man lives in the victim's neighborhood.

Addicted Parents

Sometimes parenting gets in the way of recreational drugs, and so there’s a compromise for some drug addicted parents. Before long their “balance” between recreational drug use and parenting slides toward the glee of getting stoned. So it happened with Lorena Vizina, 23, and Justin Robinson, 25, were locked up in a Washoe County Jail for suspicion of child abuse. Apparently the two were exposing their child to heron and methamphetamine during their daily lives.

On one such day their child did what children do, mimicked mommy and daddy. Mom had just left for her escort job following a quick toke on their heroin pipe; dad then left for the momentary use of the restroom when junior took his cue.

Both parents received a free, all expense stay this last Sunday in the Washoe County Jail. It appears that others believed the two had endangered the health and welfare of their daughter.

Both man and woman reported a history of drug abuse to investigating police. Among their drug of choice, methamphetamine and heroin accounted for their addictions.

Mr. Robinson directed his partner receive a safe place in the middle of the living room floor. From there the two could monitor the child’s behavior. Lorenza departed for her work, leaving the child with Robinson. To wit: Robinson momentarily left the child unsupervised in the same room with the drugs.

Robinson soon returned after doing his hygiene.

Robinson returned in time to observe his daughter’s ingestion of heroin. Soon she began to shiver and show signs of physical, toxic poisoning. Short on judgment of his own, he waited 45 minutes before taking the girl to his parent’s home. They in turn did the obvious and summoned medical health for the endangered life of the toddler.

Police said the girl was unresponsive and had blue lips and skin. Blood tests later showed traces of morphine and codeine, investigators said.

Social workers called police to the hospital, where Robinson said the girl may have ingested medication, according to detectives.

Child Abuse Laws

Some states, like California, have child endangerment laws. Typically, these say that a person guilty of child abuse faces up to 6 years in prison. Anyone allowing a child or children into a situation causing great bodily harm or death, or permits a child or children to suffer comes under the law's control. This also applies to those allowing for inflicting physical pain or mental suffering, or allows for health issues to arise without caring for such children under their control, custody.


Researchers have found that child abuse may become a partial explanation for obesity in adulthood. Perhaps not all physically abuse children will become obese, but our nationwide problem of adult obesity calls for an explanation. And it seems likely that child abuse will come up among the top three indicators for adult obesity, as new longitudinal studies on childhood abuse find their way into University statistical models.

Obesity in Adulthood

Physically abused children may be at risk for other adverse health effects often associated with increased weight, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and arthritis.

Researchers found that statistical samples for whites gave positive indications of neglect and abuse leading to obesity in adulthood. Childhood sexual abuse showed no such indications related to its significance and adult obesity.
Although some indications of underweight adults with a history of sexual child abuse show a slight testicle percent, but not a significant enough statistical percentage to find a causal relationship between child sexual abuse and underweight adults.

These findings followed a 30-year follow-up of children with histories of abuse and neglect. The long-term physical abuse consequences led to a greater prediction of body mass for these subjects. This includes taking into account controls for cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption. Other studies have shown similar results between child physical abuse and adult obesity.

Physically abused children may eat as one way to comfort themselves before, during, and after periods of abuse, leading to promise. Central obesity may arise as a result of neglect. Perhaps weight gain or physically abuse children serves as some sort of hate protective mechanism when it comes to self-defense.

Because much childhood victimization occurs in the context of multiproblem homes, the maltreatment may be a marker of other family problems that together lead to higher BMI. These findings do not take into account the likely contribution of hereditary influences on the predisposition to become overweight