The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, December 14, 2007

30 feet away

I've often commented that our children are never as safe as we often allow ourselves to believe they are. And tonight reading the news, I found the perfect example of that.

How many times do you take your child to the park, or to the playground? Imagine the last time you were there, and think about just how far away your child was from you.

She was the only one on the jungle gym at University Park in Phoenix when she was attacked, a 4-year old girl 30 feet away from her own family.

Witnesses say William Speed grabbed the girl and took off her clothes.

The scary part is that this child was in view of her family, and it still didn't deter this sexual predator from attacking her. The anger comes into play when it's discovered that the monster has previous convictions... and yet was out hunting for his next victim.

In 1996, Speed was convicted of molesting a7-year-old girl and spent time in prison. Police say he is a registered sex offender but is also homeless. His address comes back to the CASS shelter in downtown Phoenix. The director of Central Arizona Shelter Systems says at least 70 sex offenders are living on campus and there's no real way to track them.

Update: For a little more information on the case, I recommend this link. Be sure to check out the comments on there too.