A Glendale couple said they couldn't afford a baby sitter, so they strapped their 14-month-old son in his stroller at home while the couple went out, police alleged.
Rachel Anderson and her live-in boyfriend, Mitch Laputka, were ordered to stand trial Thursday on charges they neglected baby Gabriel so badly that his body was covered with diaper rash, his body temperature was 12 degrees below normal and he stopped breathing, requiring 21 minutes of CPR to revive him. Police said the couple admitted to leaving the boy home alone because they wanted to party.
These people should be sterilized, in my opinion. They have proven that they are not worthy of the responsibility that parenthood brings. I have a just-barely-two year old son. While his presence brings with it a definite curtailment in my social life, he is worth ever second I spend with him. I cannot understand how someone would willingly treat a human being this way for simple selfish pleasure, yet that is precisely what baby Gabriel's parents did.
Fortunately, these idiots were caught and will stand trial for their criminal mistreatment of their helpless baby. I hope and trust that little Gabriel find a loving foster or adoptive family who will cure his injuries and give him a loving atmosphere. But remember- this is government. The odds are that Gabriel will be returned to his birth parents, no matter how badly they have already injured this poor little boy.