|Caylee Anthony calls us to the crossroads|
I've read a little bit in recent days about the case of the death of Caylee Anthony. It's tragic — unbelievably tragic. The court acquitted her mother of murder. What's so unbelievably frustrating and unjust in the matter is that a little girl died and was tossed out.
The mother doesn't seem to care. Where is the desperate attempt to locate the person who put duct tape on Caylee's mouth and let her to decay in the woods? Where is the heart-wrenching sense of loss that a normal mother would feel at losing her child? All the mother seems to care about is having gotten off free.
Maybe this is a chance for public attitudes to change. Perhaps something good will come out of this. Something deeply inside of us is enraged at the thought of a mother who could fail to report a missing child. Something is deeply angered at the massive assault on justice that an innocent little girl could be treated as a piece of trash and the person who should love her the most — her mother — would seem so callous about it.
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Ron Coody, a West Monroe native, is a Ph.D. candidate in Intercultural Studies at Concordia Seminary. From 1993-1998, he lived and worked in Kazakstan doing environmental work. Since 2002, Mr. Coody and his family have resided in Istanbul, Turkey.