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December 10, 2008 at 2:47 PM

At-risk children

Come together

Once again we read about the destruction of a young life. I rarely cry when I read the newspaper, but this story made me sob [“Beaten toddler in coma; mother’s boyfriend to be charged,” News, Dec. 4]. The perpetrator beat the toddler when she cried and beat her when she didn’t. Imagine her little mind trying to figure out what she could do to not be beaten. No child should have to.

We need to solve this problem because what we’re doing with at-risk children is not working. The problem is huge and systemic and requires infrastructure and innovation to solve it. We can figure this out, but we need the will to do it.

There are charities that work, but they’re bailing out the ocean with a teaspoon.

The problem won’t go away — it’s getting worse and the results will plague us in the future. Eighty percent of prisoners were abused or neglected as children. How expensive is that?

We need legislation, enforcement, courts and the resources of the anti-abortion, abortion-rights, church-based and children-focused charities to work cohesively toward the common goal of “what’s best for the child.”

We need to build the support infrastructure to provide love and care for our little ones. It’s time for the village to come together.

— Leslie Malek, Kent

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