April is Prevention of Child Abuse Month. Wear a Blue Ribbon to symbolize the bruise and battered bodies of children who cannot defend themselves.
If you want to help in Rutherford County, contact The Exchange Club Family Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse on Heritage Park Drive, 890-4673
My daughter was affected by the death of this young man when she was at the elementary school as were many of us in the community. As a teacher it was especially sad knowing that nothing protected James from the very people that should have been his ultimate shelter in life...and I am so glad to see justice has been served in this case. May James rest peacefully and his family hold the memories of him dear to them. Thank you for updating the public on this case so we (the community) can also feel that closure has been brought to the family.
Somehow it is hard for me to believe justice was served when this man admitted to helping killed his step son can be out of prison in 7 years! I can only hope Janet Pursley will attend all the parole board hearings for Mr. Summers.
The loss of a child is massive. To have a child murdered at the hands of the very people that child depends on is unforgiveable. I've followed this story from the beginning and have always felt that this man had to be involved. I'm glad that the district attorney persisted in the search for a more complete picture of what happened in that house. I agree with lupusman that 7 years is not enough time. But if you look at what has been happening in our justice system, perhaps one in the hand is better than betting on the whole bang.
He will be eligible for parole in seven years. It has been my experience if the victim's family attend the parole hearings he will do the full twenty. I anticipate they will attend.
An eye for an eye. Any less is a crime against God. Only an execution will stop these monsters from repeating the crime again. When he or she is paroled they will continue where they left off in life. Not so for their son. I hope prision is a living hell for them.
Nothing short of the death penalty would be justice for this little boy! The man may not have actually done the murder, but he stood by and let it happen. He is a grown man, he could have helped that child. The justice system is so concerned with the criminal's civil rights and his rehab potential that there will never be justic for this child or any other child abused OR murdered.