“There was just so much hatred and anger, that’s what ultimately led to this,” said Nunn-Scott according to an article written by Jack Nicas in the St. Petersburg Times on February 2, 2011.
Ronderique Anderson, 16 months old, is struggling for his life with a fractured skull and bleeding brain and to make matters worse, DCFS, the agency that was supposed to protect this child, appeared on the evening news and said, “He fell through the cracks,” and “Maybe this wasn’t the best decision,” in regards to placing the boy with his father.” Really?
This little boy did not fall through the cracks; he was shoved through a large gaping hole. How do we explain to a child, one that will never wake up again, sorry, we just forgot about you, we were too busy or we are short staffed? Is this all that can be said when a defenseless little boy is handed over by DCFS to a father that they were well aware of had a criminal record? Does it really matter at this point? Be honest, say we Fuc*** up!
Sadly, there is no shock when we hear that this once vibrant little boy now lays brain dead after his father taught him what would happen if he played near an electrical outlet. I can remember trying to touch an outlet when I was young, I was scolded by my mother and told that electricity would shoot through the plug and hurt me. Tragically, for Ronderique, his father beat him close to death, not only will he never play near an electrical outlet, but he will never play again.
What a lesson, not for this little boy, but for us as a society, the ones that were supposed to protect him. We can sit and blame the agency that was supposed to protect this little boy, we can blame the father that did this to him, yes, we can blame him for sure, but in the end, our society as a whole that raised a man that would ever consider that beating his son was the appropriate action to take, we must take some of the blame as well. What was instilled in this man to think that this was acceptable? As a society, in regards to the wellness and safety of our children, especially for Ronderique Anderson, we are the ones that have fallen through the cracks.
The time for the State to protect itself against the criminal is before the criminal is made. Most criminals are not born; they are MADE … What the State really punishes in a criminal is its own neglect, its own failure to do its duty to the citizen. – William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951)