My wife and I struggled and fought for more than 10 years to have a child.
We spent over $100K on fertility treatments and surgeries, suffered through two miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy that nearly cost my wife her life when it ruptured and she was bleeding out into her abdomen (and did cost her a Fallopian tube and half her uterus). We had all but given up on the dream of ever having a child of our own, and were “this close” to adopting a baby when we were surprised with the news of a positive pregnancy test.
We held our breath, crossed our fingers, prayed harder, and called on prayer warriors all around us. And then we were blessed with our miracle baby.
So when I read stories of people who abuse, abandon, neglect, endanger, or otherwise don’t want or don’t love their babies, I just can’t comprehend it. And it breaks my heart for their unwanted, innocent little angels.
Like these two stories, both from Houston.
Baby “Chloe” was found in a garbage bag 2 hours after she was born.
Infant Baby Girl Found in Plastic Garbage Bag
The mystery began to unfold on Feb. 19 when the newborn was found by a woman walking her dog. The child was alive in a plastic bag near the Stonegate Villas Apartments in the 11000 block of Grant Road in Cypress. About three inches of the naked baby’s umbilical cord was still attached and had been cut.
“We were fortunate the baby was found so quickly and that the woman looked in the bag,” Olguin said.
Officials believe when the baby was found she was about 2 hours old and was slightly premature at 35 weeks gestation.
Two hours old. And her mother just threw her away. It boggles my mind and breaks my heart. Thankfully, this precious angel was found before any harm could come to her, or before she died.
There are hundreds of comments on the Fox News 26 Facebook page, mostly from people offering to taker her in, adopt her, raiser her, and love her. I fully understand that feeling.
4-year old boy dies after shooting himself with dad’s gun
21-year old dad (which means he became a father at 17) leaves his .40 caliber handgun out on the table while he and his kid doze off for a nap on the couch. Boy wakes up before dad, starts playing with gun, shoots self in the stomach and dies.
The Houston Police Department formally charged 20 year old Marquiez Pratt with injury to a child by omission and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.
4 year old Jaiden Pratt was spending the weekend with his father when the shooting occurred. Investigators say the father told them he was asleep on the couch when he heard a gunshot.
Jaiden had picked up his father’s gun and accidentally shot himself in the stomach. Pratt was carrying his son with police arrived. Pratt handed the boy to officers, who immediately started CPR and then ran back to his apartment.
Horrific, tragic story, right?
Now consider that the gun was stolen, and that “dad” was found in possession of enough crack and dope to be charged with intent to distribute, scales, and several other stolen guns, and the picture becomes even clearer.
And where was his momma? How could she leave her little boy with this man, whom she had to know was a gang-banging, piece-of-shit drug dealer?
Our sweet babies. We have no more important job than taking care of them, making sure they are healthy, happy, safe, warm, and fed. Anything a parent does — ANYTHING — that does the opposite is unfathomable to me.
Lots of folks are using this particular story to call for more gun restrictions. I guess they missed the part about this guy stealing this gun, and that there are zero laws this thug wouldn’t have broken to get his hands on a gun.