Sunday, May 02, 2010

A heavy topic...

Recently there was a 19 month old baby killed in our area.
He was tortured and abused by his mother and her boyfriend.
They beat him to death.
Horrible indescribable acts were done to this sweet baby.

Needless to say, it rocked the community.
People are shocked and confused.

So over the weekend we attended a balloon release ceremony in little Vincent Hill's honor.


The kids sang Jesus Loves The Little Children.


Vincent had a baby sister. She's seen below and is in safe care now.


I am sure you all know this, but please - if you hear something, see something, or know something about a child being abused, please call 911.
In this case there was a call made by neighbors to SRS, but the information never made it to the police and the baby was beaten to death.
This could have been prevented.

My heart hurts even though I know he's in Jesus' hands now.
No more pain. No more suffering. No memories of torture by people who should have loved him.

Rest In Peace baby Vincent.

37 comments:

Jessica said...

Things like this are impossible to understand, and so heartbreaking. There is so much pain and hurt in our fallen world. I know he is safe in the arms of his Father now, loved and cherished.

Heather at All A Flutter said...

tears. i can't stop crying. i know we don't need to understand WHY these acts happen, He takes care of that, but i can't help but ask why and how could a momma do that to her baby. today i'll pray for this broken world we live in. and i'll thank Him for giving us a place to go for refuge.

Laura PARING DOWN said...

I can't understand why they couldn't just give that baby away to someone who would love and cherish him. Never makes any sense, does it???

Polka Dot Moon said...

anger & tears. I'm so sad and horrified for that poor baby. what he had to endure. the parents will likely get off much to easy. it's just sickening.

Beth said...

Oh, that breaks my heart. I will never understand how someone can hurt an innocent child, especially their own. I believe there is a special place in hell for child abusers!

Sara said...

I am crying, too.
Perhaps, it's because of the loss my cousin just went through.
I think about the good people that want a baby so badly....and stories like this make me want to go outside and scream into the wind.
Heartbreaking...thank goodness his baby sister is safe.

amy d said...

i think this one was one of the hardest cases for craig (with his job) to deal with. so, so sad. i'm glad i got to see the balloon release through your blog as i wasn't able to make it there in person, wish i could of though. baby sister is just adorable, and i'm glad she will be able to grow up in a loving family. i bet little vincent was the happiest he has ever been watching all those balloons come floating up to him, knowing how many people loved him.
hopefully because of him, people will not let this happen to another child here in our town, or anywhere else. thanks beki!

Julie Harward said...

I would hate to be that person who harmed a child...to stand in front of Jesus Christ, as he will, would be Hell...there is no allowence for hurting children!
Come say hi :D

AtOneWithHim said...

It does comfort me that Vincent is with Jesus. I wish he didn't suffer to get there. It's so heartbreaking to know that there are thousands and thousands going through the same daily torture as sweet baby Vincent. Unconscionable.


Thank you God for sending me a Savior.

Whimsical Creations said...

Just heartbreaking.

alyssa said...

so sad. what a sweet ceremony for him.

Courtney Price ~ Vintage Ginger Peaches said...

Oh no... that's so horrible.

What a reminder to the rest of us to get outside our homes and get to know our neighbors. Not only can we keep our eye on what's going on in our communities, but we can be good examples of decent behavior as well.

Marlene W. said...

Dear baby boy. Vincent is with Jesus now; it is such a comfort to know he is running and playing in Heaven. In the meantime what a stark reminder of the broken world we live in. I agree with the above comment, we DO need to get to know our neighbors. Knowing this could have been prevented makes it all the more heartbreaking (if that's possible).

Peace be to your memory, sweet baby Vincent.

Tasha said...

Oh, this just makes me cry. It makes me heart so so sad. His little sister is just darling. Oh, how such horrible things happen in this world. What a sweet ceremony your community did.

3 Blessings said...

That is so sad. Peace be with him.

merium said...

poor wee mite. good on your community for the remembrance and balloon release. wishing his little sister a lifetime of peace. hoping karma takes care of the mom and boyfriend.

Jamie said...

That is so awful, that poor little boy. I will be praying for his sister now that she stays in safe hands. I am thankful knowing Vicent is with Jesus and safe now, too.

Practically Perfect... said...

I know what you mean. I see stuff in the ER that rings some warning bells, and I've never felt guilty about calling CPS and filing a report. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, and the worst thing that happened was that a family was put under some extra scrutiny. But if you're right and you're worried about stepping on someone's toes, then stuff like this happens. This poor child isn't suffering any longer, but this kind of evil should never occur. Thankfully his baby sister will be safe.

Elissa said...

As a Mother you hear about these things and think How? I trust the Lord and his plan but my heart still breaks.

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

That is so sad : (

LeAnna said...

So very sad...it really just breaks your heart as a mother to hear these things. There were twin newborns abandoned at a local police station just over the weekend, and I just can't imagine being that mother. I can't imagine doing that to my child for one, but I also can't imagine what unbearable burden she bore that made her make that decision. The same goes for the unspeakable crime people commit towards their own flesh and blood.
That picture of his little sister is just precious, though. If there ever were a face full of unintentional hope, she has it.

~~Mia~~ said...

oh beki. this breaks my heart into a million pieces. as someone who is unable to get pregnant, i can't fathom how it all works. why it happens the way it happens, why beautiful little children are allowed to suffer. oh girl i can not imagine how you must feel with this happening so close to home. ((big hugs))

~xoxoxoxoxoxo

RIP beautiful baby boy.

Molly said...

Oh this is so awful! My baby brother's mother left him alone for three days before anyone noticed. He went into foster care at 3 weeks old and thats when we got him. I thank God everyday we got him and his sister!!! I love them so much!! I pray everyday for this broken world we live in and I know He has a plan for everything. That baby is in His arms now!! I remember so many times asking my mama why parents hurt their kids when we had foster children in our home and she could never give me an answer. It saddens me to know how many mean and ugly people there are in this world and people that hurt kids and babies is just untolerable to me. I will pray for Vincints parents and hope they ask for fogiveness.
~Molly P

Erica said...

THAT MAKES ME SICK! absolutely nauseated. i cried and cried reading this. this is something that is near & dear to dathan and my hearts, we want to do foster care one day when we have to room for this very reason. we are involved w/ a camp for abused and neglected kids (or we were when we lived in california). you spend a week with these beautiful souls and can't help but think to yourself "how? why?" it's horrid. i'm so glad his sister is safe and i pray they prosecute the parents to the fullest extent.

Erica said...

i am curious, beki, as to how you explained what you were doing to your children??

Christopher And Tia said...

As soon as I saw the picture of his little sister, and then read the "RIP" you wrote for him... dripping with tears. So sad. So so so, so sad.

Wendy said...

I just don't understand how anyone could do such an thing! It's just sickening. So glad that sweet baby girl is now safe. Just so heartbreaking!

Rebecca on The Homefront said...

My heart breaks for that little boy, and moreso for his sister who will grow up to learn this about her parents. :( What a beautiful way to release him in spirit from the bondage he faced in this world. I'm so sorry for y'all as a community having to face this tragedy.

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Erica, I just told them the truth. A softened version of it.

I didn't go into the details of his death, but I did tell them that there are some parents out there who do horrible things to their kids. And in this case they brutally beat this baby for months and months. They finally beat him to death.

My kids were shocked that this could happen. But they handled it well. It's very eye opening for them to see that there can be such evil in this world.

And I explained that Vincent is safe with Jesus now and has no memory of it. No fears. He's happy and playing and safe.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

How aweful!!! I just can't imagine how a person can be such a monster! I hope these parents rot in prison for the rest of their lives!!!
I'm glad to hear that his sister is in safe care!

Martha said...

This is awful...awful...
now Jesus holds him tight.
That was an amazing ceremony held in celebration of him and his life by the community...it should have been prevented though...never should this happen!

Erica said...

that is so good, i think that was wise of you. as parents i know it's easier to try to shelter them but then that doesn't prepare them for real life. i was the girls age (10) when i first truly learned of child abuse and saw faces of kids who were victims of it. i'm glad my parents didn't hide it from me because that is when God called me to work with them.

Shannon said...

My heart is broken apart for this poor little boy, I cannot imagine what he must have felt. Crying for comfort from the person who would cause him such pain.
I will be sure to give my baby girl extra hugs and kisses.
I will keep his sister in my prayers, thank God she was spared.

sher said...

I wish I could have gone… the little boy was my nephew and my mom is keeping Tarah now.. I have a blog dedicated to Vince.. if anyone wants to check it out..

Inmemoryofvincentjames.blogspot.com

Love for you Vincent.. we miss you everday.

Robin in Benton said...

I'm glad he's safe in the Lord's arms now but it just makes me cry when I read about this kind of thing. How can people be so cruel and horrible to someone that should be so treasured.

TDM Wendy said...

Heartbreaking. Just ridiculous that something like this can happen. And happens all the time.

Vanessa(and Company) said...

Oh man, what a horrible tragedy. I am so sorry. What a lovely way to celebrate Vincent's short but precious life.