Editorial: Underlying issue of the gruesome, senseless killing of a baby

POSTED: 09/26/13 1:59 PM

There are no words to describe the loss of a baby, especially when the infant is healthy and the pride of his parents.

The senseless killing of Mark Reid Jr. in April by a man suffering from religious delusions played out in court yesterday in all of its gruesome details. It was a chilling court session that made clear that nobody is safe in a society that does not look properly after citizens that are not all there.

It is impossible to undo these evil deeds that have such a devastating effect on the lives of ordinary people. Sending the killer away for twenty years will not heal any wounds he inflicted but it stands to reason that the society protects itself against people like him.

At the same time we have to wonder about the underlying issue – the care and treatment for the mentally afflicted among us. Maybe the Transforming Care congress will provide decision makers with some pointers next week.

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