Boy's Dismembered Body Has All Parents Asking 'What If?'

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refrigeratorThe story of little Leiby Kletzky, the 9-year-old boy who went missing on his walk home from day camp in Brooklyn, has officially entered the zone of parental nightmares. Cops are reporting they have found Leiby's body. Or rather, pieces of Leiby's dismembered body.

Some sicko has cut up the Orthodox Jewish child and left his remains behind in a refrigerator for his parents to bury. It's the sort of news that could send a parent over the edge, and I wouldn't blame the Kletzkys for burrowing into their grief today. They must be full of "what ifs."

According to reports, their 9-year-old begged his mom to be allowed to walk home from day camp. He usually rode the bus, but his parents wrote a letter to camp that said he wouldn't be climbing on board. He was supposed to meet his mom at 5 p.m., but he never showed.

I'm not his mom or dad, but I think a normal parent would sit there wondering: What if I didn't give in? What if I made him ride the bus? What if I went to school that day and picked him up? What if we'd picked another day camp? What if we opted to keep him home this summer? What if we went on vacation this week? What if ... what if ... what if.

We can't live in what if land. As parents, we need to think about the consequences of our actions, but we can't see around every corner. Plenty of 9-year-olds wander around the streets with nary a problem, and on the flip side, plenty of bus accidents occur in America. There's no way to anticipate a creep grabbing a sweet little boy off of our neighborhood streets, taking him home, and dismembering him, then placing him in the refrigerator. If that thought went through our minds, frankly, we as parents would be paralyzed, unable to function. We need, instead, to be cautious but optimistic in life. That's the best way, the only way (?) to give our kids the cliched roots and wings.

Police have taken a man named Levi Aron into custody, a man who lived in the home where little Leiby's body was found. Here's hoping he's the guy who did this and that police can convict him, so the Kletzky family can at least find justice for their child.

Has this story stopped you cold today?

 

Image via RowdyKittens/Flickr

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hotic... hoticedcoffee

Oh my.  Those poor parents.  I can't imagine what is going through their heads right now. 

LKRachel LKRachel

this is a very sad story and my heart goes out to the parents.  However, I think your choice of picture is a little distasteful.  Maybe you could switch it to a school bus or literally ANYTHING other than a fridge.

RanaA... RanaAurora

What, that's hideous. :(

dirti... dirtiekittie

i read the actual news story on another site, and my heart goes out for little Leiby and his family. RIP little one, your family is in my prayers.


(and i second the comment re: the fridge picture.)

nonmember avatar Anon

Thank you for treating this in a realistic manner. From what I have heard, this is a first for NY. No way the parents could have seriously predicted this risk. They wanted their child to live his life. The risks of an individual walking around in NY only increase as age increases. Parents have to let go sometime despite risks. Kids have to grow up. It is so sad that this boy will not grow up, but that's the fault of the lunatic who hurt him, not the parents who loved him.

nonmember avatar Bobbi

Poor baby :-( I pray he is resting in peace.

nonmember avatar GOOLIE

NO CHILD SHOULD WALK ALONE. PERIOD. THIS IS A SCARY TIME OUT THERE WITH THESE PREDATORS ON THE STREETS. OUR "JUSTICE" SYSTEM LET'S THEM OUT ON "GOOD BEHAVIOUR" WHICH IS IRONIC SINCE THEY ARE EVIL TO THE CORE AND THAT IS WHY THEY WERE IN PRISON TO BEGIN WITH. KILL THEM AND CLEAN UP THE STREETS SO PEOPLE YOUNG AND OLD CAN WALK FREELY! THIS POOR FAMILY MUST BE KICKING THEMSELVES FOR ALLOWING HIM TO WALK ALONE.....

Steph752 Steph752

Horrible! It isn't a first for NY though...maybe the first in a long time, but certainly not a first. I can't remember the child's name now but I saw his fatrher in an interview within the last year about this same type of thing, except they never recovered his body. 
Just makes me sure of my 1/2 "free ranging" style of parenting. I always know where my son is...but also let him do exploring.  

nurse... nurseangel44

I am sitting here in tears, how could anyone do something so monsterous to a child. I have a nine year old son and I am frozen in fear & disbelief. I know all to well how my children beg for me to give in to their requests; I will be thinking a lot more before giving in. I third the vote on the fridge photo, praying that is not the one they found him in; so distasteful. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and little Leiby. sad

Rose McCaskey

This just made me cry. I cant imagine, I feel so horrible for these parents.

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