Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The 11-year-old boy paying for the neglect of his parents and the legal system

Mayor Adams: "Adults keeping their weapons out of reach of children is not only basic common sense, in Portland, it is the law." [Dad, 11-year-old boy face gun charges linked to weekend armed robbery attempt].

The adult the mayor is talking about is the father of the "11-year-old Portland boy who police say tried to carjack and rob a woman at gunpoint last weekend."

This adult is a convicted felon who "has been the subject of at least two prior child neglect and abuse complaints last year, on Jan. 24 and July 2."

The adult father was arrested "accused of endangering a child by allowing access to a firearm, a city code violation. He's also accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and endangering the welfare of a minor."

It is unlikely that this adult has common sense or cares whether there is a law that might prohibit his possession of a gun - convicted felon or not.

But the story isn't about gun laws - it is about the 11 year old, and possibly his siblings too, who through the neglect of his parents is charged with robbery and weapons violations. The boy has been the subject of neighborhood concern.

A security guard working nearby expressed what seems to be the neighborhood consensus: "It's about time they did something." The "they" is the police and the courts.

He was too I suspect talking about the state Department of Human Services that took someone "into state protective custody in July 2011. When the story is fleshed out - I will not be surprised to see the failures of the department to protect this 11 year old.

The system protects the parents. The child is not "protected" until he or she commits a crime, the more horrible the crime the more likely the child will get attention. Of course it is too late.

This 11 year is likely screwed for his life. One suspects that with the start he is getting that life will not likely be long.

Don't be surprised that he will be returned to his parents and the parents will receive little more than an admonishment.

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