Larry Buford

*I just read a report that a 20-year-old Texas woman, Felicia Salazar, admitted to a court that she failed to provide protection and medical treatment for her 19-month-old daughter who died of injuries inflicted by the child’s father. It sounds like another Casey Anthony story.

While the father in this case got fifteen years in prison, the mother seems to be getting away with murder. She was given only a suspended prison sentence and 10-years probation. Where is the punishment for her crime as an accessory? She admitted to failing to protect her daughter.

There is no mention of her being prevented. Why did not her instinctual motherly love lead her to some course of action to protect her child or at least report the abuse to authorities? Why wasn’t that instinct evoked like in the biblical account of two women claiming to be the mother of the same child? When King Solomon recommended that the child be cut in two to satisfy both claims, the real mother in the story forfeited her claim rather than have the child killed. That’s motherly love.

Salazar had to have heard the cries and screams of her daughter, but stood by and did nothing. That alone suggests there may be something fundamentally wrong with her and that she should at least be institutionalized rather than getting a suspended prison sentence and 10-years probation which gives her the opportunity to reproduce again.

Why are there so many gray areas and loopholes in our American judicial system? What was the reasoning behind Judge Charlie Baird’s sentence? Short of him monitoring Salazar’s every sexual encounter, how can he minimize the risk of her becoming pregnant again? How can she “…be forced to forfeit certain fundamental rights” as stated in the report?

Like in the case of Casey Anthony, Salazar, whether remorseful or not, represents another case of child abuse waiting to happen. All aboard for the Mothers-Getting-Away-With-Murder (MGAM) club!

Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub., available at Chaucer’s Bookstore in Santa Barbara, CA. Visit the author at (213) 220-8101