Toddler Buried for 2 Years in Mom's Yard But No One Reported Him Missing

Twisted 7

police lineWhen cops found the remains of 17-month-old Justin Kowalczik in his parents' backyard on Long Island last week, it had to be a surprise. There was no Amber Alert that led them there. There wasn't even a missing child report. And yet the boy's mother has admitted to the police that her son died two years ago.

Two years. Two YEARS?! What kind of person waits two years -- and until cops are already sniffing around -- to report a child's death?

Oh right, a person who is hiding something baaaaad.

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I know, I know, innocent until proven guilty, court of law, all that jazz. From the legal perspective we know nothing. 

But let's be honest with ourselves here. Something stinks in the town of Farmingdale, New York, and it smells an awful lot like crappy parenting.

The cops apparently descended on Heather Kowalczik's backyard last week after child services stopped in to check on her middle child, 6-year-old Alex, who has autism. They found a mom who was pretending to have three kids, but only two of them were actually seen -- Alex and his 9-year-old brother Robert Rodriguez Jr. Little Justin was supposedly upstate with relatives in Middletown, New York. Only you know what they found when they went looking for Justin ...

So far there are no details on how Justin died, just that Mom gave up the whereabouts of his body and that he is only the half-sibling of his big brothers. Well that, and Robert Rodriguez Sr., the father of the two older boys doesn't live with Heather, but he's now being listed by various media as a person of interest in Justin's death.

Maybe he did it. Maybe not. If he did, he's a despicable human being who should have the book thrown at him. But there has to be consequence too for a mother who let two years pass while her child lay cold in the ground in her backyard, all the while pretending he's alive. There has to be a reason for it, and that reason can't be good.

Do you have any sympathy for the parents here? Is there really an excuse for hiding their child's death for two years?


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Todd Vrancic

Sounds like a serious case of denial on the mother's part to say the least.

Nolanzo Nolanzo

The two questions at the bottom of this article are so effing ridiculous you made me spit out my coffee. Thanks a lot!

Not by any stretch of the imagination should these two neanderthals be shown an ounce of mercy. I am waiting to hear that the other two children have been removed permanently and that this poor excuse of a mother will sit behind bars while this investigation is completed.

And way to go DCF! Way to be on top of things! How in the fuck does a child disappear for two goddamn years and no one has a clue? What century are we in again?

NatAndCo NatAndCo

So.... I'm assuming she is a person of interest too? Why outta it ask about the dad? She lived next to her baby's body for years, never reported him dead, lied to the police, and only he's a person of interest? Sounds like an awful lot to go through for someone else's guilt.

Indig... IndigoLace

What the hell is wrong with people!? My toddler is the light of my life. He makes me smile and laugh all day. Even in the midst of a tantrum, my heart is filled with love for my little guy. These kinds of stories just make me sick to my stomach. Take the other children away. Send this "mother" away forever. and the "father."

sarak... sarakcantu

What about the "other" dad. The dad to the child who was buried in the backyard? Where is he?

candy... candyw210

for all we know she did not know who the babies father was; he did have her last name. In the news article i pulled up online neighbors reported that she had countless number of boyfriends. So it is possible whoever fathered this child does not even know. I just don't understand how anyone; especially a mother can harm or even kill her own child. It's disgusting and it's so sad that we are hearing more stories like this in the news. I could never harm my children. They are the reason I wake up every morning; they are the reason for everything I do, and to see their smiling faces every day makes me so happy. I love being a mom; and can;t for one moment ever imagine hurting my babies! I hope they both spend the rest of their lives in jail and the other 2 children are placed with loving families.

Never... NeverGiveUp2008

People are so twisted these days. stuff like this just makes me wanna snap and hunt these people down

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