No punishment is severe enough for mom who raped her baby girl
She doesn't deserve to be alive! That was the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard this news. I'm sorry, but I can't deny it. I know I'm not one to judge, but I can't help but think that someone who is not only capable of harming her own baby but also allows others to sexually abuse her does not deserve to live. But I guess two consecutive life in prison terms will have to make do because that's what Tessa Vanvlerah of Missouri has been sentenced to for sexually assaulting her 5-month-old baby daughter along with a guy from California who she met online.
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It's not really worth going into the gory details of this horrendous case. Suffice it to say that this woman allowed Kenneth Kyle, a professor at California State University East Bay, to come to visit her and her baby four times in five months since meeting him virtually in 2009. During these meetings, the couple had sex and raped the baby while staying at different hotels. Police found out about this in 2010 when Kyle was arrested for child pornography and they discovered his relationship with Vanvlerah.
Tears streamed down my cheeks while I read about this story and I thought about the poor, defenseless baby girl. I remember my two children at 5 months. They couldn't even sit by themselves. They depended 100% on their father and I for everything and I thought they were extremely fragile and did everything possible and impossible to ensure they always felt safe and happy. I mean, I still do--isn't that what we moms do?--but even more so when they were helpless babies.
Vanvlerah's defense attorneys wanted her to get probation only claiming she suffers from a psychological disorder, but fortunately they failed to convince the judge. And now Vanvlerah has to spend the rest of her life in prison.
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Meanwhile, her daughter, who is now 3 years old, has been adopted by her foster family and her new mom says she still has night terrors, but she doesn't scream anymore when someone gives her a bath or changes her diaper. I can only pray to God that the little girl's new family gives her all the love and protection she never got and then some.
Now do you see why I had that initial reaction? What do you think?
Imagen vía St. Louis County Police