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Help Them Never To Feel Like a ‘Nobody’s Child’

By on July 18, 2016

Although the circumstances surrounding the brutal killing of three-year-old Nevalesia Campbell in Orange Hill, St Ann, earlier last week remain sketchy, the killing of yet another child underscores an important truth about parenting, but about bad parenting in particular.

The gruesome killing of this innocent child, who, according to media reports, was taken out of her bed and killed, ought to tell us something about the hearts of men — men destined to pursue evil without regard. There should be no comfort in the fact that crimes like these happen elsewhere with greater regularity. The fact that it happens in Jamaica is cause enough for all well-thinking Jamaicans to rise up in condemnation of this kind of barbarity.

Women and men of child-bearing years have a responsibility to themselves and to the child(ren) they bear. If they are not willing to make sacrifices in the interest of their child(ren), then they should delay having them until they are mature enough to stand with and beside them and to protect them from harm and danger.

My late grandparents had one child — my mom — but soon left for England. Mom grew up with her grandmother, but related how her parents would take turns visiting her regularly but ensured that granny also kept her safe. She said, “Granny would not let her out of her sight…”

The fact that grandma lived in England never prevented her from telling us — her grandchildren: “Lord, when unnu did little unnu tie up mi foot, and now you all grown you tie up mi heart…” She could not see or get enough of us! She loved us with all her heart and we felt similarly about her. Even as adults, grandma would call to remind us to “lock up the place ‘good-good’, and do not open the door without looking through the peep hole…” It was her way of ensuring we were alright and safe. And, predictably, every phone call started and ended with roll call.

Parents need to “check” on their kids, and “check” on them regularly.

According to police reports, Nevalesia’s mother and stepfather were scheduled to appear in court last Thursday. The two were, on Monday, July 11, 2016, charged with breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act. The police said both parents were taken into custody after it was revealed that the mother had left the three-year-old and her twin brother alone at home to attend a party; that’s when the abduction allegedly took place.

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