The drowning was reported about 6 a.m. at the Rosemont at Hickory Trace apartments on South Westmoreland Road in Red Bird.
The 2-month-old, Justice Hull, was dead when police and paramedics arrived, police Maj. Rob Sherwin said. She would have been 3 months old Wednesday...“There’s very little doubt that this investigation has revealed that this is an intentional act,” Sherwin said.
Terrible tragedies like these are incredibly difficult to stomach. Why did it happen? How could this have been avoided? We may never know the answers.
Ensuring these tragedies don't happen again must be our priority going forward. Increasingly younger kids are being left in control of young siblings and relatives without any experience or training. How can we prepare our young care givers and parents?
One option is to include proper childcare as a more prominent part of health class for all of our students and a supplementary class for young and expecting student parents. Students should be equipped with emergency supplies and plans as well as frustration management techniques to help our students become capable and trustworthy caregivers.
I'm going to leave the guilt or innocence of this teen up to the jury, but blame lies also with the circumstances surrounding this tragedy which created the conditions that made it possible in the first place.