Friday, October 30, 2009
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The case of the Grayson couple arrested for child cruelty after police rescued their three boys from a roach- and rat-infested home ("Couple accused of neglect," Oct. 28, Page 1A) is more common than people may think.
As a retired police officer who spent a decade specializing in crimes against children, I can tell you that these things, repulsive as they are, are fairly common. Mental illness associated with obsessive-compulsive behavior, often accompanied by substance abuse, is most likely the culprit. The behavior is cross-generational and unless broken by intervention will frequently pass from one generation to the next. Today's victims are tomorrow's perpetrators, as is the case with so many other forms of aberrant human behavior.
The children should be permanently removed from that environment. There is little hope things will change and children yet to be born will be saved from a similar fate.