The author of the following commentary, Leonard Pitts Jr, is a Pulitzer prize-winning writer. To paraphrase a line from the movie Parenthood: You have to pass a written and a driving test to get a drivers license but any asshole with a dick between his legs can become a parent.
As these words are written, he lies brain dead and on life support at Miami Children's Hospital. By the time you read this, there's a good chance he will have been disconnected and declared dead. He is, or he was, two years old. His father, 23-year-old Lee Willie DeJesus of Homestead, is in jail, having been denied bond. Prosecutors expect to charge him with first-degree murder.There is no blame game here, not child protective services, not this time...just an ignorant sumbitch without a clue...and the fact that there are thousands of children like Willy Brown out there at risk every single fucking day.
According to a confession police say DeJesus supplied, here is what happened: Monday night while the child's mother was at work and he was supposed to be babysitting, DeJesus strapped on a pair of boxing gloves and took aim at his son. He hit him. And hit him. And hit him. And hit him. And hit him.
And hit him. Up to 15 times over 15 minutes about the head, face and torso, including one punch that knocked the little boy off the bed, causing him to strike his head on the floor. DeJesus told police he was trying to teach his son to box.
This is a requiem for intelligence.
You know, common sense, basic brain function. When a man thinks a two-year-old is ready to learn the manly arts of self-defense and proceeds to teach them by beating the stuffing out of him, is that not a sign that the last flickering candle of cognition has been well and truly snuffed? Is it not a signal that plodding, atavistic stupidity has finally seized the day, planted its flag, ascended the throne?