The “Damien Effect”

Once in a while, it happens. And I scratch my head.

I was a pretty nervous parent when my son was a baby. I was a neurotic hawk and though a parent can never anticipate every derivation of Murphy’s Law in his child’s daily existence, I acted as if I could surmount life’s unknowns.  Ultimately your only solace as a parent is taking normal common sense precautions that reduce the risk of Murphy showing his ugly head.

This baby’s death in New Jersey was all kinds of wrong.

A 3-year-old boy has died after falling out of a window at his family home and was then attacked and mauled to death by the family’s two pit bulls when he landed in the backyard.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, in Elizabeth, New Jersey — about six miles south of Newark — when police say the boy somehow managed to fall out of a window, landed in the backyard of the family home and was subsequently and savagely attacked by the family’s two dogs, according to ABC News’ New York City station WABC.

Neighbors say that the mother immediately reacted and went to rescue her son but that it was a horrendous scene as she tried to pull the dogs off of the little boy.

“I saw the mother, she was full of blood in her hands, her shirt,” neighbor Maria Rocha told WABC in an interview after the attack. “And I was like, ‘what happened?’ so I came here because it was full of police and she told me ‘my baby, my baby, I went to the bathroom and my baby fell out the window.’”

Not sure if this is an indictment of bad parenting, bad pet ownership or bad everything.

Is owning aggressive pit bulls (two of them) and raising young children in the same home an indicator of the type of shoddy existence that implicitly dares fate?  Darwinism explains situations in which a person brings about their own demise through stupidity, but why the poor children?  Could the intellectual deficits manifested in raising two aggressive pit bulls and a poorly supervised child in close proximity be hereditary?  Would this child have grown up to be hereditarily prone to making equally bad parenting decisions?

The death of this toddler stems from such irresponsibility and stupidity that I battle with the ability to understand the chain of events within the context of my own “responsible” mind.  I cynically wonder how much of a conscious element was present in the child’s death.

Stuff like this falls into a category I want to call “The Damien Effect.”



Robert returns to London, and, upon examining Damien, finds the birthmark on his scalp. Mrs. Baylock enacts a violent attack on Robert, but he ultimately stabs her to death. Armed with the daggers, Robert forces Damien into the car and drives to a nearby cathedral. His erratic driving draws the attention of police, who trail him. Robert drags a screaming Damien into the church and lays him on the altar. Robert raises a dagger to stab Damien, pleading for forgiveness from God, but is shot to death by police who have entered the church.


It’s my only protection against utter despair.  No one is stupid enough to allow their child to meet such an accidental fate, so I think. They were simply saving Earth from the Anti-Christ.




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