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Monday, April 21, 2014

Opposing Perspectives in Humanity

"My wife and I have had two unsuccessful runs through IVF (in-vitro fertilization), and it's a confusing, almost panicky time, a time when your vulnerabilities are laid bare, if not exploited. The ferocity with which you want to have a child is matched by the willingness of the for-profit clinics to accommodate this desire, almost irrespective of the physical, emotional and financial trauma that is facing the prospective parents."
"A culture of optimism presides, and there's something of a false sense of consumer comfort, one that permits the delusion that like at The Gap, you're going to get what you pay for."
"However, that act of creating life is more mysterious than we can say, and regardless of your repositories of money and determination, you'll never be able to master the outcome. IVF is a stressful endeavour. The process demands that something that might ordinarily happen at nature's whim be broken down into constituent elements, where each possibility and emotional response to that possibility is intricately parsed, measured and discussed."
"The entire process seemed to speed by, a current we were carried upon rather than navigating, and perhaps we ended up frustrated, blaming the institution for our failure to conceive rather than simply accepting that regardless of statistics and probabilities, there was no power or authority on Earth that could give you your own baby."
Michael Murray, Toronto, Ontario

"It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son -- it just baffles the mind. Our only sense of relief now comes from knowing that we did exactly what we needed to do to bring justice to him swiftly. Our prayers go out to those who knew and loved Daymeon."
Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, Homosassa, Florida

Daymeon was, just very recently, a sixteen-month-old little boy, and he had a little sister, three months old. Looking after the children was the responsibility of their father, 24 year-old Cody Wygant, when the children's mother, Mr. Wygant's girlfriend, was not at the family home for one reason or another.

Interviews by police with the parents elicited the information that little Daymeon was put in a playpen on Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. At which time it appeared, the mother departed for the day. By 1:00 a.m. the following morning Daymeon was dead.

He was fussing, and needed attention, and really irritating his father who wanted to play video games on his Xbox and who also planned to watch television. His father explained how annoyed he was with the little boy's incessant crying, because it prevented him from playing his Xbox games.

He covered the child's nose and mouth for long enough for the little boy to become lethargic at which point he put him back in the playpen, covering him with bedding, carefully tucked around his body and head. Five hours later Mr. Wygant, father of Daymeon who had been busy viewing television shows he favoured and played with his Xbox, went to check on his son.

Daymeon had turned blue, and he was no longer responsive. The man, his girlfriend and their two young children had moved to Florida in 2013 from California. They had no family in Florida. The mother's name has not been released to the press. Her infant daughter is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

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