Thursday, February 23, 2012

Religious Insanity kills another Indiana baby

Employees told officers they found the child in water about 2 feet deep in the baptismal pool and called for help, said officer Kendale Adams, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) spokesman.

Adams said the boy attended the day care center at the church. He was found about 1:45 p.m. and taken to St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.

A one-year-old is able to wander off on unsteady feet, unnoticed, until he stumbles into a baptismal pool that shouldn't be accessible to him at all.  A tragedy, and sure stuff happens in other day care centers, but here's the kicker:

"This was preventable," said Emily Barrow, of Child Care Answers in Indianapolis. "Licensed facilities have a sight and sound regulation; child care ministries do not."

The "sight and sound" rule requires children to be within seeing and hearing distance of an adult at all times....

Among the other exemptions are staff-to-child ratios; educational requirements for owners or managers; medication monitoring; nutrition requirements; food safety and sanitation requirements; and heating and lighting standards.

The Praise Fellowship Assembly of God Church did have to meet an additional 17 requirements in order to receive federal funding. The most important of those included drug testing and limited criminal background checks for employees, officials said.

I looked up the statute (.pdf) and it's even worse than it sounds.  Not only are these places allowed to operate without a license, but parents sign waivers saying they'll take responsibility for kids' health and nutrition.  They can also exempt kids from vaccinations on religious grounds.  Other than Christian "Science," who would qualify for that?  Apparently Indiana lawmakers think that children in religious care are different from children in secular care.  I mean, the Baby Jesus waited until he was old enough before getting dunked, didn't he?

They get inspected for "fire safety" and "life safety," but nothing else.  At least they are eligible to be sued for injury due to negligence.  I hope the family sues the holy off the church.  It's too bad the state doesn't have an interest in making sure that injury doesn't happen in the first place.  Apparently prayer was enough for the idiots who make Indiana laws.

Until now, anyway.  They should name the inevitable too-late statute over the little baby that died.


Chatpilot said...

It's my opinion that the church gets way too much freedom that the rest of us just don't have. They are given a tax exempt status because they are "non-profit" organization, really? They are allowed to engage in what to the rest of us would be criminal activities in the name of their religion. It's disgusting what happened to that child because they were not required to have the proper licensing and follow the rules and requirements enforced on all other day care centers. This shit has to stop!

LadyAtheist said...

This isn't even because of being non-profit! Secular non-profits would have to follow all the laws of for-profit daycare. This church only gets a pass for being a religious "ministry"

How do children have different needs in different buildings? The last time I checked, all children had the same basic needs

B.R. said...

Well, at least the kid's non-existent soul went to Catholic heaven... oh wait, that's where the pederasts go. Never mind. In other news, a South Korean pastor and his wife decided that their kids were possessed by demons and starved them to death.

Children don't seem to fare well in religion, do they? This sort of thing makes me sick to my stomach.

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