By: Bill Carey
Three children dead in just four days. All victims of violence. YNN's Bill Carey says we may ask why and may never get an answer.
NEW YORK STATE -- A two-year-old girl, found unresponsive at her home in Oneida County. A victim of sexual abuse and then blunt force trauma, allegedly at the hands of a 13-year-old babysitter
"She deserves justice," said Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara.
Then, Steuben County. Late Sunday night. A 25-year-old woman and her three-month-old son, stabbed to death.
"To have something like this happen is just unreal," one neighbor said.
Then, again, Oneida County. Tuesday morning. A man shoots and kills a three-month-old boy.
"Why does this happen? We don't know," said New York State Police Captain Francis Coots.
A murder is a murder. Any victim is a victim. But still, society recoils when that victim is a child and asks what type of person could carry out such an act.
"I've prosecuted enough bad people to know that there's just some evil in the world," said Rick Trunfio, First Chief Assistant Onondaga County District Attorney.
Trunfio has spent 19 years as a prosecutor. He says that while some cases might be explained by neglect or uncontrolled frustration, other cases are just beyond explanation.
"When you get to the cases where a child is beaten to death or killed in a horrific way, then you're talking about a different mindset, in terms of the person. You're talking about a socio-pathic personality," Trunfio said.
Julie Cecile works full-time with victims of child abuse. In a nation where four children die each day from abuse, she still cannot explain what happens in the mind of an adult that would allow them to viciously attack a baby.
"They don't value these, I consider them blessings. I mean, these children are vulnerable. They can't speak up for themselves. There are adults who don't value how wonderful these children are and the need for them to be protected," Cecile said.
Many will call now for the toughest sentences in these cases. There is no death penalty in New York, but there is life imprisonment without parole.
"I believe that there are certain circumstances where somebody who kills a child should never even have the possibility of getting out," Trunfio said.
Two accused men may grow old behind bars for the deaths of two children who barely had tasted life.
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