June 12, 2008
Miguel Fuegos-Bautista Drove Drunk And Now His Son Is Paralyzed - Don’t Worry, Social Services To The Rescue!
Omaha, Nebraska (The Weekly Vice) -- A little child suffers at the hand of a neglectful parent once again. Child services was previously involved once again. And now a 2 year old child may be paralyzed for life as a result. Sigh.
Miguel A. Fuegos-Bautista, a 36 year old Omaha, Nebraska resident was arrested and charged with DUI causing serious injury and suspicion of felony child abuse after crashing his car. The accident resulted in paralyzing his 2 year old son.
According to police, Fuegos-Bautista was speeding down the road drunk with his 2 year old son, Selvin, riding along in the front seat. As fate would have it, a slow moving truck proved too much of a an obstacle for the inebriated Fuegos-Bautista. His Toyota Tercel jumped a curb, and crashed into a parking meter and tree.
Little Selvin, who was not properly restrained in a car seat, was thrown into the dash, suffering two broken vertebrae, according to police. Authorities now say little Selvin will likely be paralyzed. The father, of course, was not injured.
And now for the outrage
This however is not the first time little Selvin found himself a victim of someone else's conduct. Selvin was placed in foster care in February of this year after police found him living in deplorable living conditions.
On an unrelated call, police found Selvin in his parent's apartment surrounded by tequila and beer bottles that had been littered about the room - as well as several men who were passed out drunk on the apartment floor. Officers also found cockroaches "varying in size" that had infested the child's home, according to police reports.
Social services removed Selvin from the apartment, but then returned him about two weeks later, according to Todd Landry of the Nebraska Dept. Of Health and Human Services.
The parents either briefly cleaned up their act or put on a good dog and pony show. Whichever the case, the state determined just two weeks later that it was in Selvin's best interest to go back home. But that was then.
Now Selvin is in critical care at the Nebraska Medical Center.
His father, Miguel Fuegos-Bautista was hauled off to jail, where he was ordered held on a $50,000 bond.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
We're going to withhold our fire on this family for now - for the sake of the mother who is obviously going out of her mind with grief at this point. Piling on at this point would just be pointless, as there has been enough heartache for this mother.
But I do have a bone to pick with Social Services.
A child is now paralyzed because this slipshod excuse for a government agency seriously thought a family was going to be rehabilitated in a mere 2 week period. Are they for real?
Considering the red tape involved in pushing social services paperwork, a mere two week timetable tells me someone didn't even really look at this case. There's just no possible way anything legal like this gets done in two weeks. Anyone who's had any kind of encounter with a government organization of any kind knows that.
Heads seriously need to roll here and if they don't, we'll be seeing more stories of this kind of crap coming out of Omaha soon.
Social workers - get away from the water cooler and open your case files for a change. You won't die if you actually help someone !
The Weekly Vice