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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Knuckleheads of the Day award

Be warned today's winners are liable to make you feel very ill.

Today's winners are Valerie Kennedy and Annie Williams. They were mother and grandmother to three-year-old Jaquez Mason.

Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Williams get today's knucklehead for their part in Jaquez's death. The boy died on New Year's day of third degree burns. Burns inflicted on Jaquez by his mother who punished the boy on Christmas day by bathing the boy in scalding water.

Kennedy had a history of child abuse and Jaquez wasn't even supposed to be in his mother's care. See he was being cared for by his Grandmother Ms. Williams. She allowed her daughter to see her son on Christmas day despite being ordered not to. After Jaquez was burned by his mother, Ms. Williams sought no medical care for the boy for a week!

This story is just so outrageous. These women are sick, not even animals treat their young like this. Words can't convey how angry this story makes me feel. For committing heinous acts against their own flesh and blood, Valerie Kennedy and Annie Williams are today's Knuckleheads of the day.

Open Post- Jo's Cafe, Basil's Blog, Bright & Early, Committees of Correspondence, Adam's Blog,

A mother and grandmother face homicide charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was dipped in scalding water as punishment on Christmas Day and suffered at home for a week until dying on New Year's Day, Broward Sheriff's investigators said Monday.

Valerie Kennedy, 30, had lost custody of toddler Jaquez Mason and his seven siblings because of abuse. She was not supposed to have contact with them.

Her mother, Annie Williams, who was raising five of the children, violated a court order when she allowed Kennedy to have Jaquez for a Christmas visit, investigators said.

Within hours, Kennedy had dunked her young son in a tub of scalding water as punishment.

Despite second- and third-degree burns over half the child's body, Jaquez's grandmother picked him up from the mother's Coral Springs apartment that evening and took him home to Deerfield Beach. She did little to ease the boy's suffering, investigators say. Williams did not call paramedics until New Year's Day, when the boy lost consciousness.

He died within an hour.

"This boy had no treatment. He just suffered for a week," Broward Sheriff's Office spokesman Jim Leljedal said Monday.

The mother and grandmother, 51, face homicide charges. Both were arraigned Monday morning. Kennedy is being held without bail. Bail for Williams was set at $100,000.

The rest of the children who lived with Williams, ranging in age from 1 to the teens, are in protective custody. Authorities did not release information on Kennedy's three other children.

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