It was heartbreaking to read the story over the weekend about two fathers who stand accused in the deaths of their own infant children. While any senseless act of violence that takes place in Texas is upsetting, the emotions are certainly heightened when the most innocent among us are the targets. Both men live in the San Antonio area and are looking at capital murder charges that could result in the death penalty or, at the very least, a lifetime spent behind prison bars.
Matthew Resendez, age nineteen, is currently in jail based on the charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. With his three-month-old son taken off life support on Friday night, prosecutors are now taking the case back to the grand jury with the intention of instead receiving a capital murder indictment for Resendez.
In the other case, 22-year-old Rafael Trevino was arrested on Friday on a capital murder charge after his seven-week-old daughter was found dead with a broken left clavicle and hemorrhaging in the brain. It is unlikely that he will be released soon, with his bail being set at one million dollars.
The purpose of this post is not sensationalize these tragic incidents , but rather to encourage a conversation on the responsibilities of a parent and what steps can be taken to prevent these violent acts from ever taking place. And, of course, the discussion is done while keeping in mind that both of these young men are innocent until proven guilty.
What are your thoughts? Is there a way to better prepare these men for the responsibility of caring for an infant? Do you think we view mothers and fathers differently when it comes to the expectations we have for them as parents?
Monday, November 8, 2010
Posted by Tony R. Bertolino, Esq. at 12:02 PM