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The Senseless Truth

Wednesday, 15 May 2002 12:00 AM

People from across the country have waited to see if there is more to the story, but evidently there isn't. A couple, who is believed to be Iraqi or Syrian by nationality, go on an outing. They take their other two children with them.

But the little girl they have responsibility for, who also happens to be blind and roughly 80 percent deaf, they leave home alone. They tie her wrist with a bathrobe sash to a radiator in the apartment, leaving for hours the most helpless person of their household.

Tragically, she falls through her screened-in window and crashes three floors below. She is almost not seen by a passerby, but when he looks more closely, he can't believe his eyes.

Frantically, the neighbor, who recognizes the little girl, sees the torn window screen above and begins to look and call for the girl's parents. Not finding them, he shouts for other neighbors, who soon come to his aid.

Hours later, the parents are found. Eventually the little girl is given medical care. But eventually has turned into far too late. The couple the little girl lived with are her biological mother and her boyfriend. The girl's father is believed to be somewhere in Iraq.

It would be tragic enough if this was the only time the couple had left her alone, but it was far from it. On a regular basis this little helpless one had been left alone. Even though she was dually disabled, she had learned long ago how to work her way around a room – seeing through her fingertips. She had discovered how to open kitchen cabinets.

She had even figured out how to get into the hallway of the apartment building, where on multiple occasions neighbors would discover her after she had fallen down a flight of stairs or was just wandering on her own.

I say it all the time on my radio show. I try to encourage men – especially fathers – to be involved and engaged in the lives of their wives and children.

The reason?

Not a day goes by that I do not open the newspaper and see story after story of how if only one man had made a better decision, this tragedy or that would not have happened.

I'm not absolving women's responsibility. The feminist movement is filled with flawed thinking and has done little to strengthen families today. But I will say this: The feminists exist primarily because men have gone AWOL.

Where was this girl's father? Does he even know that she is no longer with us? Why did her step "father" not see the cruelty of leaving this little girl tied to a radiator? Did he even open his mouth to object when the idea was floated by the girl's mother?

Or did he just retrieve the sash, help the mother tie the girl up, and head out with the rest of the household for their little outing?

In a country like ours, where you can get state-sponsored services for everything from food stamps to day care to health care, how did this sweet little one literally fall through the cracks?

And with all the couples in our nation who would give their hearts and homes to allow this girl to become a part of their family, why this senseless loss?

Dads, go home tonight, kiss your wives and tell them how beautiful they are. Play with your kids. Get down on the floor where they are, and be the kind of man that every man should be – because in doing so, you may just change the world!

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