I don't know AP or his family, but for about five seconds, I felt a knot in my stomach after hearing the news. From what I've read online, the mother of AP's son had a boyfriend with prior domestic charges to took his frustrations out on the two year old boy.
I'm not going to get into the decision-making process of the mother. She has to unfortunately suffer for the rest of her life for dating a known abuser. I want to talk about the abuser, 27 year old Joseph Patterson. I realize that he's supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but I'm jumping the gun on this one. I think he's guilty.
I don't know if the state where the heinous crime was committed uses the death penalty or not, but sometimes the death penalty isn't enough. Sure, if you could sentence this guy to die, fry him, bring him back, and fry him again, then I think I'd be for it. But, since that's impossible, then your only choice is to lock him up for the rest of his life.
That's not good enough either.
I'm sick and tired of it being Open Season on people, especially women and children. Men were once protectors of their families and now they're exterminating them like common roaches. It's sickening! I wanted to throw up when I heard the news today because I can't stand to see a child mistreated, yet along hear of one beaten to death.
If I had things my way, I'd put Joseph Patterson in a jail cell with no A/C or heat and give him just enough food to survive. From there, I'd allow the child's father, Adrian Peterson, to come in once a year to beat a handcuffed Patterson within an inch of his life. I would allow AP an opportunity to do that on the anniversary death of his son every year until either he or the Patterson died.
I know it sounds cruel, but it's nothing compared to pulverising a child's body with your fists. Imagine the pain the child went through. Babies have no resistance to beatings. They aren't capable of running away or curling up in the fetal position and surviving the onslaught. All they can do is cry and suffer.
Why not repay the favor?
Are there upsides to simply beating felony assault prisoners as opposed to giving them the death penalty?