We haven’t had a sidebar in so long, I forgot what we called them! Anyway, there are a few interesting news stories I thought we might want to discuss here. First is the above Nancy Grace interview where she tells the father of a missing kid his son had been found. The second case is a local one where a father left his kid in the car while he was at work and the child died.
Here is what WLS Chicago has to say about the missing boy:
The missing 12-year-old boy who mysteriously turned up in his own basement was home-schooled, subjected to an intense exercise regimen, and was possibly abused, police said.
As new details emerged about the strange case, authorities are painting a picture of what life was like for Charlie Bothuell V. He was found Wednesday in the basement of the condo building where he lives with his father and stepmother near downtown Detroit, 12 days after his father reported him missing.
Bothuell was found barricaded behind a 55-gallon barrel, surrounded by bedding, soda bottles and cereal, police said. They also said they found a blood-stained PVC pipe in the home.
Then in other odd father behavior, we have a local case here where a dad says that he accidentally left his 22 month old son in the car while he went in to work. The boy died of heat exhaustion. Local police are convinced that Justin Ross Harris did not simply forget his kid was in the car but that he deliberately left him to die. Oddly this happened quite near where I live and it is now national news.
Harris put his son in the car after getting breakfast very near his office, minutes before arriving at work on June 18. He returned to his car during his lunch break to put something in the car and failed to notice the kid. There are rumors that I am not sure could be confirmed yet about Internet searches for how long it takes a pet to die in a hot car.
Harris is in jail on murder charges and child cruelty. He will not be allowed to attend his son’s funeral. That said several friends of the family spoke out about what a good father Harris was and the obituary for the child made direct reference to having two loving parents.
So what do y’all think about these two fathers?