'Sorry, You have To Die' | Couple Try To Return Adopted Son To State
- 2009/12/27 09:22:34
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Melissa and Tony Wescott were assured by the state that the child they were adopting was well behaved and had a respectful attitude towards authority. They were also told that he was the sort of child who made friends easily. Unfortunately, he did not seem to be overly inclined to make friends with his new parents. When they got their nine year old bundle of joy home the Wescotts discovered that their new son enjoyed killing animals, stashed butchers knives under his bed and attempted to burn the house down with them inside it after leaving a note saying 'Sorry, you have to die.'
The child is currently in psychiatric care but is due for release in a month, and his adoptive parents would like to return him to the care of the state. The state is refusing the request, saying that in spite of assurances given prior to the adoption, the Wescotts were warned that the child was likely to have emotional and behavioral problems. No doubt the Wescotts heard these warnings and were anticipating temper tantrums and wetting the bed, not animal torture and attempted homicide.
From ABC news: "We knew what we could handle and what we couldn't," Melissa Wescott said, adding that they requested a child who wasn't "violent or acting out sexually."
The child in question has been diagnosed with the following laundry list of psychological problems: “Reactive detachment disorder, disruptive behavior disorder, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome.' It's a list that clearly puts his needs beyond the means of the Westcotts, yet the state's position is one of 'no take backsies.'
This is a cautionary tale for other couples considering adoption. Though the term has been danced around by those too scared to touch it, the Westcotts were clearly sent home with a budding sociopath. Early abuse, exposure to drugs, and the killing and torturing of animals are all well known indicators of future criminal and sociopathic behavior. Add to that the fact that he is already trying to kill his parents at the age of 11 and one shudders to think of what might happen down the line when the child gains the additional physical strength that comes with maturity.
Instead of providing a troubled child with the extended supervised psychiatric care he needs, the state of Oklahoma appears to be sentencing the Westcotts to a Russian Roulette style death by adoption.
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