This incident happened a year ago, in February 2015. Foley told Lehigh Tp police that the little girl had started choking after he fed her, but an autopsy revealed that what actually killed her was a fractured skull. Instead of charging Foley immediately, police sought help from a forensic expert, who ultimately determined that the injuries had been recently inflicted. It was only then that charges were approved.
The children, of course, were taken away last year.
The mother, Heather Marie Surget, age 28, has been charged with child endangerment because of the conditions in which her children were living.
Can people really be this ignorant? That is what I was thinking as I wrote my story for a newspaper up the line.
About an hour later, while dropping in at the law library, I got an answer to my question.
A young man came in and told the librarian that he wanted to "give back" his step-daughter to his ex-wife. He was awarded custody of her about a year ago, but is moving and doesn't want to take her with him. So like an unwanted dog, he wants to return her to the baby store.
He got angry, too, when the librarian was unable to answer his questions immediately, and got even more irate when told he'd have to file a petition.
Unfortunately, there are some real assholes out there. It is not their poverty. Many people, including Morganelli himself, grew up poor. But they are very selfish, demand instant gratification and want everything handed to them.
Mahatma Ghandi once said, ""A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." Based on what I am seeing, I'd say we're in reverse.