News agencies have covered the case of Alex Radita, a teen whose death has led to a murder charge. Alex was 15 years of age and weighed 37 lbs when he died. His parents, Emil, and Rodica are charged with first-degree murder. Their faith life factors into the neglect. It's an awful story.
You can read about it at the following sites but be warned, this story contains content some readers may find disturbing. Discretion is strongly advised.
In view of the case history, Ray Ferris, my friend, an occasional commentator here, veteran MCFD employee, advisor to and advocate for parents has written this letter to the Editor of the Times Colonist.
|EMIL & RODICA|
"Mr. and Mrs. Radita are not the only ones who should be in the dock over the death of their son. From early court records, it was obvious that the mother was incapable of rational thought. She insisted her son was not ill and all they needed to do was to pray. She tried to encourage the boy to resist the doctors when they gave him insulin shots. Because they only spoke Rumanian to each other she was difficult to supervise. She repeatedly tried to sabotage his treatment. In the face of such invincible ignorance the only thing that could guarantee the boy’s survival was permanent removal from the parents. The social workers should have known that but they tap danced around the evidence and there were repeated dangerous episodes until the inevitable happened.
|37 LBS @ 15TH B-DAY PARTY, TRIES TO SMILE|
This is typical of how the child protection workers fail in their mandate. When they encounter a case with compelling evidence, they cannot make up their minds until it is too late. The next day they are removing children and keeping them in care for years based only on hearsay, presumption, and unreliable so-called expert witnesses. I would also put the director in the dock, because it is the directors who authorize all the bad decisions."