For the second time in the past few weeks, there's a news story about an adult striking a child in the face. Just a short while ago, there was the account of how Joe Rickey Hundley allegedly slapped a noisy toddler -- who wasn't his -- on an airplane. And now, perhaps even more disturbing, is the story of Jason Sharp, a 37-year-old New York City policeman who allegedly punched his own 3-year-old son square in the face.
According to records, Sharp, a detective in NYPD's Brooklyn gang unit, was fighting with his wife Michelle when the incident happened, and alcohol was involved. In court, Michelle testified that she ran downstairs to get help during the argument, saying: "After a few minutes, I went back upstairs and found my son Connor crying with two swollen eyes, which were impairing his vision, and his nose and face were swollen." Sharp was charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He's been suspended from the NYPD for 30 days without pay.
Wow. It's hard to imagine how it would feel to walk upstairs and see your own child crying because your big, strong husband punched him in the face. I mean, this is a toddler we're talking about here. It's sickening. I hope Michelle and Connor get far away from Jason, and never have to deal with his irrational anger again. This child will never forget the day his father punched him -- especially since he was heard telling cops: "My daddy punched me in the face." Disgusting.
But moreover, I think Sharp should lose his job. After all, Hundley did, and he slapped a child. You have to have serious issues to pull back your fist and hit your kid in the nose. Sharp was supposedly good at his job, but this makes you question how he went about it. Was he always ethical? If this is true, I kind of doubt it.
Hopefully, justice will be served in this case and Sharp will also do time for what he allegedly did. He's been on the enforcing end of the justice system for so long now, I think a taste of his own medicine is exactly what's in order.
What do you think of this?
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