Columbia, SC — It is with a sense of deja vu that I read about the short life and death of Jaidon Morris (“‘You’ll be OK’ foster mom said; a week later, toddler was dead,” March 24). In 1988, similar tragedies occurred in Florida. There was a lot of finger-pointing, and judges and DSS proclaimed the sanctity of the family, judges saying their hands were tied and DSS saying there were just too many cases and not enough caseworkers.
To me it is simple: Abused animals are not returned to their owners. Why in the name of God do we allow children to be returned to environments that are dangerous to them? We should not. It is ridiculous that we put animals above children. Maybe, maybe there are families that can be redeemed, but from everything I have ever read, it has taken more than a year for birth parents to prove that the demons that plague them are tamed enough to make them fit parents.
Abusers rarely change. Is that not what is told to abused spouses? Why do the courts think abusive parents are going to be any different?
If judges make such decisions, and I hope the one returning Jaidon to his parents is feeling the entire weight of his decision, then I am for tougher laws.