Death of boy, 4, adds to homicide toll

Elijah Simpson liked to suck his thumb, and police say it cost the 4-year-old his life. Full Story
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sealionindy

United States

#1 Apr 1, 2007
Already out on probation after 4 years...now another homicide.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#2 Apr 1, 2007
They must have not had it to bad. I look on the motel site and they charge $169.99 per week + tax. Where did the money come from? wefare, ADC?
USAF_ret

AOL

#3 Apr 1, 2007
The money came from the mother or our tax dollars.
BRUCE

AOL

#4 Apr 1, 2007
CHILDREN STUCK WITH TERRIBLE ADULTS...THEY DONT HAVE A CHANCE...WHY DO THEY ALWAYS CALL THESE PEOPLE......EXOTIC DANCERS?
Poogiesue

United States

#5 Apr 1, 2007
What a dreadful thing to happen to a 4 year old baby. This person should pay the altimate price for this action. I cannot call him a man because a real man would not have done such a thing. What is wrong with the mother??? I have 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and the wrath of GOD would come down on anyone that even looked hard at any of them. I can't believe this woman could see anyone harming her babies and not doing anything about it. Could this be drugs???? I do know that this sweet baby is in Gods hands and will not have to suffer any longer.
Rick in Avon

United States

#6 Apr 1, 2007
That Bast..d. I hope he feels the pain! When will people grow up. I partially blame these young women who take in these men as boyfriends. Do they really know the guy they live with and allow to be involved with their children?
Mo Maw of Indy

San Francisco, CA

#8 Apr 1, 2007
I was shocked to read that the mother of Elijah was not charged with murder for knowing what this beast was doing to her child for at least 2 months,and did nothing to save him. I could not understand our justice system, so I looked the word neglect up in the dictionary, this is what I found: to give little attention to, disregard. please pass this information to the proscuter asap. Mo Maw of Indy.
Mo Maw of Indy

San Francisco, CA

#9 Apr 1, 2007
please Indianapolis help Elijah get justice. Charging the mother with neglect is not good enough. Charge her with the same crime as the boyfriend was charged with.
Mom Too

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Apr 1, 2007
How horribly sad for this child and the people who loved him. The mother is equally culpable, because she did nothing to stop the abuse of her child. Her other child (and the one she's carrying) should never be given to her. There is no rehabilitating a person who would allow her own flesh and blood to be murdered.
Marcus

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Apr 1, 2007
This is one of the saddest things to hear. It really hurts my heart. I have three boys and cherrish them to death. There aint nothing in this WORLD that can make me that mad to do this a child, anyone for that matter. That baby died before his life began. I feel bad for his family. May GOD rest his soul.
COMMON SENSE

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Apr 1, 2007
When will we ever get it. These people don't know how to live. They have never been taught. Our schools need to help, but more importantly our welfare system needs to offer classes, both in how to live and how to get a job. We need to offer training to prepare people for the work force. 2-3 yrs on welfare should be max. then you are on your own. We would be so far ahead of the game,m if we took this approach, teach people to help themselves, instead of hand to month.

For those who say they cannot be taught, the Good Lord did not create any bad people, they simply have taken the wrong path. I am not saying this guy or woman should be let off. Of course not, they must pay for their actions, but lets go to this motel and see how many others are living like this. Teach them to live, there will always be those who don't accept the opportunity and continue w/ their same bad habits, but we will have many success stories.
David

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Apr 1, 2007
Another one we are going to have to support in prison for years.. Why do our law makers not put a stop to this crap? A four year old baby... The moron is not worthy of breathing the same air as that poor little boy. Don't waste time with a trial, public defender, the same old routine.... Only to have him released in 10 years to do it again. Execute him now! I would pay the cost of the bullett... Enough child abuse... TOO MUCH.... What did that little boy ever do to deserve that kind of treatment? NOTHING....
JCT

United States

#15 Apr 1, 2007
Did you read the artical? She worked as a dancer.
And rates online are not always right. Did you call the hotel for rates?????
STOP

Carmel, IN

#16 Apr 1, 2007
When will all of this stop? Every adult should automatically call the police when they see a child being abused. In the grocery store, at the park, ANYWHERE... these children cannot defend themselves. Until we ALL take a stand together to fight this battle, it will keep getting worse. Take down their license plate # and the police will go to their address or if in a store the police will go there and check the child for any marks. We must be bold and fight for these babies whos very lives could depend on us making a simple phone call. Force yourself to be part of the solution!!!!!!
disgusted

AOL

#17 Apr 1, 2007
Another child dies... if the mother could not provide a home, could not keep the children safe, why were they allowed to stay with her to begin with....
JCT

United States

#18 Apr 1, 2007
you must be on DRUGS.
CPS remove child everyday.
What

Dover, OH

#19 Apr 1, 2007
A neglect charge? Try assessory to murder. There is no way this mom didn't know what the boyfriend was doing. She tried to cover for him even after he finally killer her son. Put that woman in prison forever.
JCT

United States

#20 Apr 1, 2007
i agree with you

Since: Mar 07

Dover, OH

#21 Apr 1, 2007
COMMON SENSE wrote:
When will we ever get it. These people don't know how to live. They have never been taught. Our schools need to help, but more importantly our welfare system needs to offer classes, both in how to live and how to get a job. We need to offer training to prepare people for the work force. 2-3 yrs on welfare should be max. then you are on your own. We would be so far ahead of the game,m if we took this approach, teach people to help themselves, instead of hand to month.
For those who say they cannot be taught, the Good Lord did not create any bad people, they simply have taken the wrong path. I am not saying this guy or woman should be let off. Of course not, they must pay for their actions, but lets go to this motel and see how many others are living like this. Teach them to live, there will always be those who don't accept the opportunity and continue w/ their same bad habits, but we will have many success stories.
Great! More welfare programs, just what we need. It is the parents responsibility to raise their children, not the schools and not the state.
Perhaps if the government stopped handing out all the tax payers dollars to these folks they'd have to get a job. Perhaps if the courts actually put people in prison for their sentences instead of letting them out early, they'd think again.
We are seeing the end result of the multi-generations living on the system. Perhaps if we stopped paying for everything when they had another child, they'd learn the concept of either birth control or responsibility. What a concept-responsibility for your actions!!!
Jane

Louisville, KY

#22 Apr 1, 2007
I am so sick of these mothers that take up with these former convicts and bring their kids into relationships with them. Isn't it almost an automatic RED FLAG that most of these guys are not good people and will probably be abusers and worse???? I think the mothers that do this should have to do prison time just for bringing children into these relationships. Poor little guy. He didn't have a chance.

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