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April 4, 2008
Morning Journal News

The justice system makes no sense to me.

About a month or so ago, I sat in on a court hearing with friends and family for a young man charged for the alleged rape, kidnapping and abuse of his ex-fiance.

The woman has charges of her own against her. About a year ago, in February, she was charged with endangering children and lost custody of the child.

Now my problem is this: A young man is currently in jail being punished for supposedly raping, kidnapping and beating this girl, his ex-fiance. Meanwhile, she is out, enjoying her freedom as if she has done nothing wrong.

Why is this a problem? The police say she beat her daughter. Broke the child’s finger, injured her eye socket, caused bruises to her face, arms, back and legs. There were witnesses and statements given to the police, my statement being one of those.

It has been more than a year now but there is no justice for the child in this case. Shouldn’t this mother be punished for the abuse of her 3-year-old daughter and the hell she put her through?

Your paper reported last week that this woman is now being given “consideration” if she testifies against her former fiance. Who wouldn’t say whatever the prosecution wants to hear if given the chance to get a lighter sentence in their own case?

This week, pinwheels were placed on the square in Lisbon, each one representing a case of child abuse. Was there one for this little girl, whose mother will likely get off with a slap on the wrist?

When will the courts step up and be this child’s advocate instead of focusing more on using her mother as a pawn in the young man’s case?

Cheryl L. Horner

East Liverpool


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