A mom sentenced to 13 years in prison for the murder of her 3-year-old son still says she didn't do it. But just wait until you hear Maria Castillo-Dominguez' excuse for letting her son die after he was thrown into a wall for taking gum without permission. It makes 13 years behind bars sound like nothing.
Despite a guilty verdict in a Wisconsin court, the 24-year-old mother of two still blames her boyfriend for throwing little Luis into a wall back in 2011. Then there's her confession.
Castillo-Dominguez admits she didn't take Luis to the hospital for days after the incident. As she told a judge while begging for leniency:
I made some errors as a mother, but I feel guilty and responsible as a mother because I couldn’t, I didn’t do it, I couldn’t save the life of my son.
Erm, actually, she could have.
It almost doesn't matter if she did the throwing or not (almost).
If he'd never been thrown, clearly things would be better.
But ... if this woman, this MOTHER, had taken the 3-year-old to the hospital immediately, we could have a completely different story on our hands here. Modern medicine is miraculous. It can work wonders.
But it can only do so much to dial back the clock.
We've seen a host of parents of late who have excused their failure to get medical care for their kids as simple mistakes. Their reasoning seems to be that they didn't physically cause their child's death because they didn't pull the trigger (so to speak).
Morally, the argument holds no water.
Because purposely not saving a life that's savable is tantamount to causing death.
Maybe this woman did throw her child into a wall. Maybe not. Obviously a jury thinks she did ... and that's just, well, despicable.
But even if she didn't, her defense is galling.
This mother failed this child. Period. She's lucky to be spending just 13 years in prison.
What do you think of the sentence in this case? Is it enough?
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