17-year-old Israel Avila of the Brownsville, Texas area has been arrested and charged with the brutal beating death of his own 1-month-old son.
Allegedly Avila got frustrated at his child’s crying (what else is new?) and shoved a pacifier in the child’s mouth before ‘losing it’ and beating the child to death.
Since it is Texas Avila could be eligible for the death penalty. If you read my other crime blog (Trench Reynolds’ Crime News, blatant plug) you know I’m all for trying teens as adults for such heinous crimes and I have no problem with Avila getting the death penalty.
However it didn’t take long for people to start making excuses for Avila.
First off his lawyer claims that Avila is mildly retarded. I am so sick of this argument. Since when did chronically stupid become mildly retarded?
Avila’s family is calling the baby’s violent death an accident even though Avila allegedly admitted to police that he ‘lost it’ and went apeshit on his own son.
So far the 19-year-old mother is not facing any charges.
There’s no excuse here. He’s not mildly retarded. It wasn’t accident. People need to stop enabling violent criminals just because they’re family. If he was really family he wouldn’t have beaten his own son to death.
Thanks to JoAnna for the tip.