bad dad

Is there any doubt that some people shouldn’t be allowed within 100 feet of children, let alone parent them? Is there any question that parricide is frequently deserved? Is there any justice in the fact that it is the children who suffer most in these situations, and the parents are allowed to get off easy?

This morning one of my readers sent me this link to an episode of The Oprah Show which illustrates these questions.

Imagine what it would be like to be locked inside a closet 2 feet square, your body wrapped in a wire fence and bound by chains like an animal for hours—even days—at a time. You aren’t given any food. You’re 6 years old, and your parents have done this to you.

The father, Joseph Moss, served only 2 years’ jail time. He should have served more. Where he is now and whether he has been held accountable by society is not reported on the Internet (or at least I was unable to find it). Nor is whatever has happened to the evil step-mother, Carmen, who probably had more to do with the abuse of the little boy than has been explained. She, too, was let off by the Indiana courts with a mere slap on the wrist.

The boy, Clayton Moss, appears to have done a better job of forgiveness and moving on than can be expected of those of us who are just hearing this story now. I applaud his resiliency and example. He has much to teach us about our human potential and deriving strength from misfortune.


Groove of the Day

Listen to Tanya Tucker performing “Strong Enough To Bend”


2 Responses to “bad dad”

  1. 1 Gloria
    December 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

    The stepsister ran away to Kentucky reported what was happening to Clayton, the pólice in Kentucky calls the pólice in Indiana and they say there are no reason to take away Clayton, the pólice officer in Kentucky following his gut tells the parents to come and pick up her daughter and finally after talking to Clayton they end up arresting the parents.
    The Stepsister could have asked for help in Indiana but went to Kentucky? and the pólice in indiana says nothing is wrong and there is no need to take Clayton out of that hell?

    Wow, just wow!!!! what does that say about the pólice in Indiana. 😦

    God bless that officer for following his gut, he saved that boy.

    Shame on Indiana, and the officers who said there was no need to take Clayton out of that house. They failed this kid twice, once when they failed to take him out of that horrific home and second when they sentenced the so called parents.

    What happened to the stepsister?, someone knows,? it must have been so difficult for her too, she must have been traumatized by it too, she was very brave to run away and ask for help, she saved that Little boy too. I hope she is doing well and hope she is not back with those parents.

    What a terrible nightmare for that Little boy, he is now an extraordinary Young man, I wish him all the best.

  2. 2 Tiffany
    December 31, 2013 at 4:21 am

    The sad shame is that things like this happen way to often and go unreported. This young child (the step-sister) runs to the only place she feels will help her…and they turn her away? As a resident of Indiana I’m appalled! However, because I’ve been here so long I’d venture to say that she wasn’t is a state of extreme depravity do the police in indiana wouldn’t believe her! The family probably lived in an area that’s…well lets say not respectable enough so they simply dismissed it as unimportant. It’s truly heartbreaking…God help the officers that made such a bad judgement call. How can you not want to help the ones who need it most and beat down the ones who do not deserve it? God help us all!

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