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October 18, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Starved 14-year-old

Revoke their freedom

Regarding the child-abuse article [“.’Never seen a case of abuse this bad,’ detective says,” Times, page one, Oct. 14], I think $20,000 each for bail is surely is not enough money to let those criminal “parents” out of jail.

According to the King County Superior Court judge, they were “not a threat” to the community nor a flight risk.

What does that really have to do with it?

Do we let killers out of jail because we’re pretty sure they won’t kill again?

Freedom for these two sadists should be revoked, just as they took away their child’s freedom for years.

I don’t care how loony that stepmother is; she needs a lot of jail time to remind her how it must have felt … of course she’ll get fed.

— Jill M. Schultz, Seattle

Give voice to the voiceless

I am absolutely appalled after reading about the 14-year-old Carnation girl who was nearly starved to death by her stepmother and father. I hope that they get punished to the full extent of the law.

This was an open-and-shut case in just one month? How could any questionable situation be evaluated in that amount of time?

I don’t know if CPS [Child Protective Services] didn’t follow through properly on this or if they went to the limit of what was allowed by law. Either way, something needs to change.

We need to be less worried about “individual rights” and more diligent in protecting those who do not have a voice.

— Sandi Weir, Kent

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