Friday, January 21, 2005

Not a Chance

Many of you may have seen the Amber Alert on the 11 year-old boy that was kidnapped by a man that had been living with them. Thankfully, that child has been found alive. After reading the details in the story, you realize how desperately deprived many children are of any glimmer of hope at having a decent chance in life:
Frederick Fretz (search), 42, picked up the boy Tuesday from his school in Dunnellon, Fla., police said. Their drive ended about 375 miles to the northwest when their car stalled on an exit ramp off Interstate 75 north of Atlanta.(/snip)

The boy's father, Ivert Kirkirt, said he was going to Georgia to reunite with his son.

Kirkirt says Fretz never told him he had been convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in Pennsylvania in 1991. Authorities issued an Amber Alert (search) on Wednesday to notify the public and other law enforcement agencies once they learned about the conviction.

Kirkirt had invited Fretz to move into his home in October after they served time together in the Marion County, Fla., jail — Fretz for domestic battery and marijuana possession, Kirkirt for a probation violation on an aggravated battery charge. While in jail they realized that they had known each other as teens in New Jersey.
Paging all parents: If someone looks like this:

Just maybe, you wouldn't want them around your child. This really isn't rocket science folks. There are some books you can judge by their cover.