Wow. Just wow.
I know I say that a lot when something so stupid, so heinous, so vile, so outlandish just leaves me staring openmouthed at the source.
This is one of those times.
But I'll try to put a few more words together.
This is Kenneth Kyle, 47, of California. Excuse me, Professor Kenneth Kyle.
A professor of public affairs and administration at Cal State East Bay, he found his private affairs being administered in a courtroom on March 15. Authorities had found hundreds of images of child porn on his home computer and laptop.
That's bad enough. Really. You could stop there. Anyone who thinks there is something sexual about children is wasting the precious oxygen supply on this planet and should do us all a favor and stuff a giant zucchini up their ass. (See yesterday's article on suicide.)
But no. Vile Kyle was not content with imagery.
Kyle traveled to St. Louis where he met up with a 20 year old college student he had met online - Tessa Vanvlerah. Police say he had traveled to see "her" four times in the past five months.
I say "her" because apparently she was more of a means to an end.
No, he was interested in her 13 month old daughter.
Who she let him abuse repeatedly.
He is locked up in a California jail charged with statutory rape, statutory sodomy and promoting child pornography Vanvlerah is jailed in St. Louis County - same charges +1 of incest.
13 months old.
THIRTEEN MONTHS OLD.
The trauma, the horror, the pain, the complete anniliation of trust. That poor child - it absolutely breaks my heart.
The tiny girl was treated at the hospital for her injuries and is in state custody.
This story comes one day after the story of this twosome made news:
She is Angela Blackwell, 45. He is Johnnie Griffin, 67 - both of Michigan.
Angela allowed Johnnie to have sex with the ten 10 year old girl she was caring for in exchange for cocaine. Repeatedly. From September to February.
A ten year old girl. A sixty-seven year old man.
Actually strike that. He is no man. He is a pathetic sack of flesh and bone. Calling him, or Kyle, a "man" does a disservice to real men everywhere.
Real men being the ones who understand that the children of this world are to be cared for, cherished, protected.
Angela is in jail awaiting a hearing. Johnnie is on the run - police are looking for him.
The most horrible part of these two stories is that I know, just as you do, that these are just the ones that have been ferreted out. How many poor, defenseless babies, toddlers, children are treated this way every single day? As I sit here typing I know that somewhere a child is crying out in pain, not understanding what is happening to them, just knowing with every fiber of their tiny being that it is so very wrong.
And my hearts breaks.
Throw these people into the general population of the prison system. And then walk away. I imagine much more than their hearts will be broken in very short order.
Again ... Wow. Just wow.