Live Streamed Child Torture Becoming a New Trend

Live Streamed Child Torture Becoming a New Trend
Live Streamed Child Torture Becoming a New Trend

If people were in the dark about of how prevalent child abuse and child torture was in America, live streaming certainly brought it to light. And, that’s not the only issue that stands out. Things like insurance, funding, and access to mental health treatment go hand in hand with these issues.
One disturbing trend seems to be live streaming children being tortured through immobility… specifically, having their hands or full bodies attached to walls.
Most recently, an 18 year old mother live streamed what seemed to be her version of a parenting tutorial that suggested parents tape their children to the wall so they could “get things done.” When Child Services saw the video, they contacted the mother, but it took a week and one more video before the police paid this young mother a visit. This time, her instructions — aimed at Child Services — were “Y’all can take him.” That mother is now in custody facing a felony abduction charge.
In 2011, 22 year old Elizabeth Escalona put her 2 year old child into a coma after gluing his hands to wall and beating him severely enough to break bones. His crime? He wasn’t as successful with potty training as she would have liked him to be. She received what some would call an appropriate sentence of 99 years.
And then there is the 2010 incident, where one mother and her boyfriend duct-taped her child to the wall, with his sippy cup taped next to him… just out of his reach. She received just 10 days in jail, while her boyfriend got 60 months. Oddly enough, that 60 months included sentencing for a prior theft charge.
Notice a trend?
Felony abduction, 10 day sentencing…? It seems in order to receive any real time, a near death experience has to be involved. The system is broken on both ends, from insurance that would provide mental health services which could prevent this abuse, to proper placement of a child suffering from abuse.
One of the most famous cases of child torture ended in the death of a child, Elisa Izquierdo. She had been removed from her home, only to be returned later and left there, despite multiple reports of abuse via neighbors and school authorities. Her torture ended in her death after her mother fed her her own feces, mopped the floor with her hair, and finally, killed her by throwing her up against a concrete wall.
The most disturbing portion of Elisa’s case is that the mother had called Child Services on herself, and asserted that she was afraid she was going to kill the child. Even after those calls, no one came to help. Local Child Service authorities cited a lack of funding for training as the crack that Elisa’s case fell through.
How much training does it take to at least make a home visit when a mother calls welfare on herself? How many times does a parent get to post live stream videos of them abusing a child before someone responds? Why does it take a week for police officials to respond to live streamed torture, even when it’s delivered directly into their hands?
Adequate insurance that can lead to viable healthcare options are just one of the things that could have prevented any number of the 700,000 abuse cases that take place in America every year.
Perhaps the real issue isn’t insurance or adequate mental health care options, but the fact that these people feel comfortable enough in what they do to share some of it in videos filled with child torture. But, funding that can lead to parental training or some sort of intervention — insured or not — would at least be a step in the right direction. And, maybe some of those finances could be applied to laws that prosecute parents who humiliate their children through public videos. Or, are we just talking about a completely broken system that won’t improve just by throwing money at it and instead, needs a complete overhaul? What do you think?