Moms Who Turned Their Sons Into the Police for Murder Deserve a Standing Ovation

Raising kids is hard, man, but hopefully most of us will never be forced to make the decision that two Massachusetts moms recently did. The mothers of Dushawn Taylor-Gennis, 16, and an unnamed 14-year-old suspected that their sons had something to do with the murder of 16-year-old Jonathan Dos Santos, but instead of keeping it to themselves, they turned the boys over to the police.


Dos Santos was reportedly shot and killed while riding his bike last Wednesday evening. Genneane Gennis said of turning over her son, "Turning him in was because it was the right thing to do so we can just start the process -- whatever that is. I feel so sorry for the family of the baby that died."

She continued, "The allegations that are brought toward my son, it makes it 10 times worse. They are both babies. The baby killed, and my son, are both 16. It was a tremendously hard decision."

Ack! I can't even image what she and the other mother be feeling right now. It's our natural instinct to protect our children, but happens when other people are hurt, or in this case killed, by their actions?

Dorchester Police Commissioner William B. Evans commended the women for coming forward. He said,"We were looking for the cooperation. Hopefully it sends a message to other people that when we have things happen they can feel confident coming to the police." There is no known motive for the shooting yet.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh also praised these moms, and even Governor Charlie Baker had something to say.

"Their first natural line of defense is to protect their children. It was a courageous thing, number one. It was obviously the right thing to do," Walsh said."In this particular case, the community stepped up and spoke out."

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Baker added, "It just had to be a terribly difficult thing for them to do, and just an incredible act of kindness to the mother and the family of Jonathan Dos Santos ... I guess the thing that troubles me the most about all this -- and I'm sure most people feel this way -- is you've got a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old arrested for shooting and killing a 16-year-old."

He continued, "We obviously have to do a far better job of coming up with alternatives for kids and that's something we plan to work on. It's a moment when we really need to figure out if what we’re doing is working and maybe try some other things."

Even though the boys allegedly murdered, Gennis doesn't see her son as a "monster." She said, "He's 16 years old. He's not a monster. He's a human. He has compassion." She's understandably having a hard time coming to terms with happened, and lamented, "This is not real. This is not real. I feel so bad for the little boy that passed away. I can't talk anymore. That's all I can pretty much say."

What an absolute tragedy, and these mamas are amazing for doing the right thing and letting justice run its course. It's probably the hardest thing they've ever had to do.

Would you turn your own child in?


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