Monday, October 10, 2011

Kids in some families face peril every day — and not from kidnappers

Abused puppies and abducted babies.

Public attention rivets when a call goes out for either. Kansas City proved the baby aspect of that rule with the disappearance of 10-month-old Lisa Irwin.

It's disturbing to turn on "Nightline" and see the anchor whose face is normally associated with Times Square standing on a local street. Or to pour the a.m. coffee as a "Good Morning America" host queries a frightened mother about her missing baby with Kansas City police crime scene footage rolling.

We're no closer to knowing what happened to the infant whose cherubic face suits her nickname, Pumpkin Pie.

And despite all the bright lights, waning now with no fresh leads, area children aren't safer for all the primetime coverage. So until developments are announced in Lisa's case, let's talk about the much more common cases of children who aren't missing but are still in danger.

Want to help them? Look for dysfunctional, immature parents who are addled by alcohol and/or drugs. Their children are in danger.

It's not someone coming through a window that is the worst peril for most children.

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