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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Dec. 29, 2007:

On New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight, the bearded and worn-out Father Time will pass off his hourglass and duties to the New Year’s baby. In spite of the celebrations that will accompany that occasion, December’s images, juxtaposed and overlapping, still flip through my mind like a slide show.

As I prepared for Christmas, I saw images of baby Jesus in the cradling, protective arms of his mother, Mary. Joseph closely kept his watch in a peaceful setting near the manger. In an image from an earlier time, my young children dressed up and acted out the familiar Christmas story. All was calm. All was bright.

Then, flashing through in a clear, fresh image was one of Molly Midyette crying in court in agony saying she knew nothing about the 37 broken bones her 10-week-old son, Jason, endured before his death in March 2006, and nothing about how he received the head injury that finally ended his life. Another image flashed of Alex Midyette, Jason’s father, and Molly embracing. The final image was of Molly handcuffed and taken into custody. A jury of 12 convicted her of child abuse resulting in her son’s death. She will be sentenced to between 16 and 48 years in prison on Feb. 29.

When Molly cried in court, “My life is over,” it was clear to me she didn’t get it. The court case was about justice for Jason, whose life really was over. Jason’s arms, legs, chest, and head were too small to protect himself. She was supposed to do that. So was the father.

The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System reported an estimated 1,490 child fatalities from abuse or neglect occurring in 2004. That number is the latest on childwelfare.gov. While Jason’s death was one of those counted in 2006, the conviction of his mother, who should have protected him, will be counted in 2007.

I have confidence Alex Midyette can receive a fair trial locally by a jury of his peers for his possible role in Jason’s injuries and death. However, it will take a bit of time before some of December’s images fade.

*This title not part of the original Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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