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 at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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