CRIME HUNTER: Time to get tough with monsters who hurt kids
Patrick Devone Stallworth and his girlfriend Derick Irisha Brown face a long ride to oblivion.
The Alabama couple are accused of the vicious murder of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.
“Cupcake” was three years old when she disappeared from a Birmingham birthday party at a city park Oct. 12.
In Alabama, felony murder of a child under 14 gets you the needle — or the chair if you prefer to fry.
While I waiver on the death penalty, it is refreshing to see heinous crimes against children taken with the gravity they deserve.
We understand, they seem to say — bad childhood, booze, drugs, negligent parents. And then the good deed doers go to work.
Child pornography sentences in this country are nearly laughable.
My friend Keith Daniels, a pioneer in investigating child sex crimes, told me recently he still has nightmares and sees the faces of young victims.
“Sentencing for crimes against children in Canada are a joke,” Daniels said glumly when I talked to him at his Florida home a couple of weeks ago.
Take killer Terri-Lynne McClintic who helped her boyfriend murder eight-year-old Tori Stafford in Woodstock.
Fast forward to October 2018 and, lo and behold, our heroine is sent to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan, run by the Correctional Service of Canada.
She got the green light because she’s Aboriginal. Her family says, well, no, she’s not. Members of the local reserve were rightly incensed someone so vile was so close to their children.
Cue the public outcry and she’s back in the slammer.
In early October, our soft-hearted social workers decided it was a good idea to send a 37-year-old Hamilton man to another healing lodge in Quebec.
What did he do? Advertised his 7-year-old stepdaughter for sex on Craigslist allowing a number of pedophiles to defile her — repeatedly.
Who could possibly have thought a healing lodge was a good idea?
He had been sentenced to 13.5 years in prison for his twisted crimes.
The sicko has since been sent back to Warkworth; his young victim is forever broken. Her family wants him named. “Uh, uh” says the system, there are 27,000 hoops for you to jump through to let people know how sinister this monster is.
I think healing lodges are excellent venues for rehabilitation. But can you rehabilitate a child killer or a pedophile?