Take more steps to protect our kids

Take more steps to protect our kids

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published October 12, 2011

Last week Joseph Kenneth Oliver Jr. was arrested for aggravated child abuse after he dropped 9-month-old Aaliyah Siler on her head. According to police, Oliver said he was playing with the girl by tossing her in the air when he accidently dropped her. The child began crying. When she wouldn’t quit crying, Oliver took her to the bathroom and intentionally dropped her on her head two times, police say. He then put the battered girl in her crib, where she remained lethargic for several hours before Oliver took her to the hospital.

Little Aaliyah later died, and police have since upgraded the charge against Oliver to first-degree murder.

Oliver is no stranger to police — he has a criminal history that includes multiple charges of domestic violence and a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer. Mr. Rogers he is not.

Unfortunately, cases like Aaliyah’s are all too frequent.

While nothing will bring her back, society has a duty to protect other innocent children, and something needs to be done — quickly.

In Florida we now require welfare recipients to be drug-tested before those benefits can be paid. If applicants for welfare assistance tests positive, they don’t receive any benefits. It’s a common-sense law that only the biggest ACLU-loving liberal could oppose.

Taking a page from the drug-testing for welfare benefits law, I suggest the following as it relates to individuals with violent criminal histories who care for kids: (Click here to read the full column in the Tampa Tribune).


Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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6 thoughts on “Take more steps to protect our kids”

  1. This is a great idea- I have always wanted to be the parent police- this seems like a pro-active way to target the ones with a propensity for violence who are near young poor kids. Have always wondered why you need a license to drive but anyone can have a kid without any training.


  2. Liked the article this morning. Could not agree more with the need to protect those unable to protect themselves.

    Not sure however that I agree with the value of drug testing welfare recipients based on a report I heard yesterday from Gen McCaffrey, former Drug Czar. Definitely do not object on same basis as ACLU position but question the economic and social value of the policy.

    You might interview Bob Martinez to get his thoughts on the efficacy of the policy.

    Make it a good day!


  3. Obviously you have no clue at the cost involved. I would rather take the risk than pay more taxes. It isn’t practical or realistic.


  4. This hits very close to home… my nephew Gage, was beaten to death when he was just a few weeks old, by my sister’s boyfriend in Jacksonville Florida. His killer went to jail for only a couple of years and now lives in works in the state of Florida. Nothing stops him from living with another woman and her children and she would be completely unaware of his past. Children should be protected at all costs from people like Gage’s killer and I applaud you for taking proactive steps to do that.


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