Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Stupidity of the State of North Carolina

Meet Lynn Paddock. She is a Johnston County woman who has been charged with first degree murder in the death of your four year old adopted son. Paddock has been accused of wrapping Sean Paddock up in a blanket so tight that he suffocated. There is also evidence that she routinely beats her other two children with a plastic pipe. And besides the absolute depravity of this worthless piece of human refuse I am stunned by the actions of other individuals involved in the case. Here are some excerpts from the News and Observer:

Paddock's attorney, Michael Reece, said the evidence against his client does not support a murder charge.

"She didn't mean to hurt the child," Reece said. "She took [Sean] in and cared for him when no one else would. She lost a child and now has everyone rushing to judgment and pointing the finger at her."

I really do not know how this guys sleeps at night. Tell me how wrapping a child up in a blanket so tight that he cannot breathe constitutes loving a child? While I understand that she is innocent until proven otherwise, there is very little anyone can tell me short of video tape evidence that will convince me of anything other than the apparent fact that this woman is guilty as sin. That being said, I also think the social workers employed by the state or whatever adoption agency processed this adoption should also be held accountable. The N & O:

Sean's Wake County foster mother warned social workers last January that Paddock inappropriately disciplined the boy, according to reports released after Sean's death. He returned from a pre-adoption visit to the Paddocks' remote farmhouse with bruises on his backside.

Social workers later concluded that he most likely fell off a bunk bed, just as Paddock has assured them.

I have two children, younger than Sean Paddock, who occasionally fall out of their respecitve beds during the night. I have yet to find so much as a red spot on their skin from the impact so pardon me if I am a little skeptical that a four year old falling out of a bed, even a bunk bed would sustain "bruises on his backside" Now, while I cannot be sure, the term "backside" usually refers to the buttocks area, so how exactly did Sean fall out of the bunk bed to sustain injury there? Did he fall out and land in the sitting position? The social workers who are charged with making absolutely sure that a child placement is safe on all accounts should have done more than taken Lynn Paddock's word for it that he fell out of the bunk bed and sustained bruises as a result. Who is certifying these clowns who are so patently incompontent that the place a four year old child into a questionable living arrangement after the child had already suffered bruising during a pre-adoption visit. I am not saying they should end every adoption process where an injury occurs during a visit, but based on the way this was described, I am little unclear on how the state, the social workers, or anyone else involved could have missed the warning signs.

This woman is beneath contempt and whatever she gets she deserves whether it be life in prison or execution by the state. Of course with the absolute incompontence shown by the state in regards to the social workers handling the case we can only assume they will most likely botch her conviction as well.

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