December 26, 2008
Jesus Rodriguez - Pennsylvania Man Arrested After Police Say He Refused To Change Son’s Soiled Diapers For Weeks. Child Now Hospitalized In Critical
Greensburg, Pennsylvania (The Weekly Vice) -- Jesus Rodriguez, a 34-year-old Greensburg, Pennsylvania man was arrested on multiple charges after authorities say he left his 3-year-old son in the same dirty diaper for weeks at a time.
A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition Christmas Day after authorities discovered the boy and his 4-year-old sister in an emaciated condition and living in filth.
Rodriguez, the child's father, was arrested the same day after authorities say he left his son in dirty diapers for so long, they caused second-degree burns to the boy's legs and genitals.
Authorities first became aware of the situation when the the child's Uncle dropped by the family's apartment to wish the kids a Merry Christmas. When the door was opened, the Uncle was struck by a strong odor of feces and filthy conditions.
The Uncle told police that when he tried to pick up the boy "the child instantly began screaming in pain." He immediately called police.
When investigators arrived, they found the boy and his sister covered with feces. The children also appeared emaciated, ungroomed and complained that they had not been fed.
"Conditions were pretty deplorable," said Greensburg Police Chief, Waler Lyons. "The house was in shambles, there was old food left around. There was feces on the floor. Conditions were that of we wouldn't want a three and four-year-old living in."
Rodriguez was booked into jail on charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment and simple assault.
The boy is still being treated in the burn unit at West Penn Hospital. The girl was briefly hospitalized and then released into the care of Westmoreland Child Services.
The mother of the children is reportedly serving a jail sentence.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Well, here we go again. Just when you think it can't get any more bizarre, it does. Can you imagine a child living in the same soiled diaper for a month with feces all over the floor? This man shouldn't be put in charge of flushing a toilet, let alone two kids.
There is one silver lining in this story - and I'm sure it's only one. Our hat is off to the Uncle who didn't debate the situation. He didn't make excuses for the situation. He simply put a dead stop to the situation by calling police. At last, someone stands up and does the right thing!
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