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    IL - Ryon Smith, 6, beaten to death, Cahokia, 24 Dec 2005

    Two arrested in death of boy

    When authorities answered a call Sunday evening about a little boy being unresponsive, they found no sign of holiday joy or cheer inside the drab, run-down duplex.

    No Christmas tree. No presents. Only the bruised, lifeless body of 6-year-old Ryan Smith on a bedroom floor.

    An autopsy on Monday disclosed that Ryan had been beaten, probably with hands and fists.

    "The autopsy showed, from the bruises on his body, that there had been a long period of abuse," said St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone. "There were old injuries and obviously new injuries.

    "That boy had been beaten like a dog."

    ...Cahokia Police Capt. Norman Venable said he did not know if both adults took part in the beating or why the boy was beaten. "I know what they're (the suspects) saying, but I don't believe them.

    "I know that the beating was terrible."


    More: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...D?OpenDocument



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    Venable said Ryan had not been attending school or registered in any school. The identity or whereabouts of Ryan's father is unknown, he said.

    The gray frame duplex, just down the road from St. Louis Downtown Airport and Parks College, sits across from a cornfield and railroad tracks. Three small American flags decorate the front porch amid empty trash cans, large paint buckets, a couple of garbage bags full of soda cans, an old dentist's chair and a rusty barbecue grill. Discarded furniture and appliances litter the backyard.
    Can we think of a way to sneak someone into the jail? I will supply a big bag of oranges for them to take with them!
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    OMG! That poor boy. The "unharmed" 20 month old brother? Guess Ryan caught all the anger and frustration. Both adults unemployed. God Bless that poor boy. Thank God the younger one is out of their hands. Want to bet that drugs and alcohol are involved? Doesn't matter, there is no reason for this.

    I am suprised that emergency services was even called.

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    This poor little boy. My heart just breaks for him, thinking of all the pain he went through, and at the hands of the ones who were supposed to love and protect him.

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    SCUM!! I HOPE THAT THEY BURN IN HELL.

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    Let's get the matches ready!

    Quote Originally Posted by nanandjim
    SCUM!! I HOPE THAT THEY BURN IN HELL.
    "People" like this should not be allowed to breath the air on this planet! They are so cold and inhuman. Why do these things happen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanandjim
    SCUM!! I HOPE THAT THEY BURN IN HELL.
    Yes, they are scum!!!!! I would like to beat them like they beat this poor baby. My blood is boiling.

    God Bless little Ryan's soul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewMom2003
    Yes, they are scum!!!!! I would like to beat them like they beat this poor baby. My blood is boiling.

    God Bless little Ryan's soul.
    i agree, i hate hearing this crap!!!!! i think that they should be beat like a dog, EYE FOR AN EYE!!!!!!!!!

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    I've been searching for more news this morning and some pictures of these b*stards that did this to the poor child, but there won't be more news until there's further investigation later today and they are officially charged. It may have been just the mother's boyfriend involved in the beatings but she will be charged for letting it happen without reporting it, (I would think) as she should be . Edited to add: The coroner noted that there were old bruises and new ones, so apparently the beatings were ongoing for some time. Also, some other news stories I read pretty much had the same info but also reported that the child was grossly malnourished

    Poor child. Sounds as if he should have been taken away from the mother a long time ago. Why did the system fail this child? Didn't ANYONE notice something? Now, the 2 year old is staying with a grandparent, in "safe" custody. Did this very same grandparent not know what was going on to the 6 year old?

    I am thoroughly heartbroken and disgusted.
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    Some of the other news stories, by the way, can be found here on these sites:

    www.kmov.com
    www.ksdk.com
    www.stltoday.com
    http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/
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    I have never posted before, just been reading. This case forces me to say something, I would hope that LE realizes that the Mother should not be charged with any "lesser charge" than the boyfriend. It is her responsibilty to protect those children, the boyfriend wouldn't be there if not for her. She is every bit as guilty, if not more, as the person who physically did this (if it is not her who really did this). If there is a Grandparent willing to take the youngest after this murder, then that Grandparent could possibly have taken both of the kids as soon as the mother knew what she had brought home to them.
    She is just as evil as the boyfriend. Sorry but the "battered wife syndrome" is nothing compared to the primal need to protect our young. She is scum.

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    This is just sick! WTH is wrong with people these days? Why do they have to take their frustrations out on an innocent child? I just don't understand. That poor little boy! I'm so frustrated with this so-called system that is supposed to protect these children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brink
    I have never posted before, just been reading. This case forces me to say something, I would hope that LE realizes that the Mother should not be charged with any "lesser charge" than the boyfriend. It is her responsibilty to protect those children, the boyfriend wouldn't be there if not for her. She is every bit as guilty, if not more, as the person who physically did this (if it is not her who really did this). If there is a Grandparent willing to take the youngest after this murder, then that Grandparent could possibly have taken both of the kids as soon as the mother knew what she had brought home to them.
    She is just as evil as the boyfriend. Sorry but the "battered wife syndrome" is nothing compared to the primal need to protect our young. She is scum.
    Welcome to W/S Brink
    I totally agree with your post.I believe the mother is as guilty as B/F . I hope the 2 year old is in a loving home but it makes you wonder what this grandparent is like .

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    I have to wonder about Grandparents being allowed custody of children from abusive homes. These same grandparents are the parents who raised child abusers/murders/torturers. The behaviour was learned somewhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brink
    I have never posted before, just been reading. This case forces me to say something, I would hope that LE realizes that the Mother should not be charged with any "lesser charge" than the boyfriend. It is her responsibilty to protect those children, the boyfriend wouldn't be there if not for her. She is every bit as guilty, if not more, as the person who physically did this (if it is not her who really did this). If there is a Grandparent willing to take the youngest after this murder, then that Grandparent could possibly have taken both of the kids as soon as the mother knew what she had brought home to them.
    She is just as evil as the boyfriend. Sorry but the "battered wife syndrome" is nothing compared to the primal need to protect our young. She is scum.

    This is the best post I've ever seen.

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