Who in their right mind would knock their child unconscious, in the middle of the night, then wrap the body in a blanket and leave the toddler, still breathing, in a snow-filled playground in below freezing temps? It's hard to believe that this could actually happen; that a parent, entrusted with the love and safekeeping of their flesh and blood, could be capable of such an horrific act, and yet this was the fate of Nyia Miangel Page. Not yet 2 years old, Nyia's tiny body was found frozen to death, wearing only a diaper and sweater, approximately 10 minutes from her home in Pittsburgh, PA last Sunday. Her 23 year old father, William Lorenzo Page, was arrested Wednesday and charged with criminal homicide, along with several other charges including sexual abuse of another child prior to Nyia's death. From the small footprints in the snow, authorities determined that the baby girl must have wandered for a while, before succumbing to hypothermia. The temperature at that time was approximately 2 degrees F.
The reason for the little girl's death: refusing to go back to bed.
There is something drastically wrong with our society when parents kill their own for no reason, and yet it happens all the time. Parentsbehavingbadly blog catalogues the numerous cases of extreme child abuse that occur with all too great a frequency all around the world. I'm not talking about a good spanking that errant children sometimes need to correct behavioral problems. Nothing wrong with that. I'm talking about forcing a child with cerebral palsy to eat their own feces, which Kimberley Harte, 23 and Samuel Duncan, 26, of London, England did. They also kicked her, poured boiling water over her hands and ripped out her hair, among other things. Or throwing a child against the wall because he won't stop crying or beating a child to death because they threw up in bed after a nap. The reasons are endless and totally unjustifiable.
When you take it upon yourself to have children you should know that there are certain responsibilities that come with parenthood, and if you are unwilling to take the good with the bad (i.e. the crankiness and everything else that comes with childhood) then you have absolutely NO business giving birth. Too many children are having children which seems to increase the chances of child abuse. They are usually ill equipped emotionally and mentally to be parents and oftentimes resent having to take care of a child, resulting in anger and frustration, which the child is then the unfortunate recipient of. Most perpetrators are under 30, which is quite telling.
This is probably going to be an unpopular notion, but I think that anyone who wants to have children, like marriage, should have to apply for a license and take mandatory parenting classes. In fact, it should be a subject all schoolchildren should have to take, to prep them for the realities of parenthood. And if someone shows a propensity for anger, they should definitely have to take anger management classes before becoming a parent.
Not every one is able to have children. I know of so many deserving people who have tried, but to no avail. Parenthood is a gift. Choose that gift, if it is bestowed upon you, wisely.
Rest in peace, Nyia.