Mendoza had custody of the boy at the time, but the boy's mother was partially a witness to the incident. She said Friday that she was delivering pizza to the apartment when she heard her son screaming for help and decided to leave.What was the father doing to the child at the time: PICKING OUT HIS EYES! WITH HIS TEETH! A neighbor called the police. The boy's one eye was never found. The other was damaged beyond saving. Both the parents had been known to take drugs: the mother had a warrant out for her arrest and Angelo Mendoza had had a criminal record involving child abuse.
"My son was just crying, 'Mommy, mommy, I want to go with you. I'm scared,'" said the boy's mother, calling herself Desirae but not disclosing her last name. "(I'm) just like 'Should I take him or leave him?'" Desirae said she left, thinking the boy was safe with his father.
Senator Dean Florenz:
''A young child living with drugged-out parents deserves extra attention from child protective authorities and it is not clear whether Angelo received the necessary supervision that could have protected him."This outrageous case of child abuse deserves a great deal of scrutiny, and given the seriousness of 4-year-old Angelo Mendoza’s injuries, I think it is fair to question whether child protective authorities let him down.
But remember, Senator: According to Dr. James Dobson, every child deserves to have BOTH a mother and a father. Child Protective Services clearly wasn't doing their job since Angelo Mendoza had had a criminal record involving child abuse!
Now let's splay "suppose": suppose a male gay couple (with a domestic partnership certificate in place) fell in love with little Angelo, Jr. and wanted to adopt him. What would YOU say, Dr. Dobson? No need to answer, sir, because I think the whole country would know, seeing how you feel about homosexuality. The let's say a straight couple who wished to foster (with the intent to adopt) little Angelo. They seemed, for intents and purposes, a good, straightfoward and Christian family having raised several children of this own.
After receving Angelo, however, the demeanor of the foster parents changed: they were aggressive, rude and manipulative. Child Protective Services were called in and discovered to their horror that Angelo was battered beyond belief and lived in the cold basement! Read Dave Pelzer's gripping true-life story, "A Child Called It" and you will get the entire picture.