My heart screamed and then I cried for a very long time after reading an article in the Register's "Ohio Roundup" on Feb. 1. This article was a wire report out of Dayton, Ohio, titled "Ex-inmate: Mom says she microwaved baby".
Why would anyone want to intentionally read about a horrific and inhumane act of such evil doing? After unfortunately seeing this article, I ask why we need the graphic details of such a horrid recount of a mother killing her baby? I innocently noticed the article and was sickened by the graphic and descriptive nightmare of death inflicted on the baby.
It is true that trauma manifests differently in each person. I am emotionally upset and will never forget this horror story. The news media choosing to pass on this article from the wire service report will sadden many and definitely contribute sensationalism to ill-minded individuals. I am in tears over this article and infuriated that it appeared in my hometown paper. There is a risk that exposure to media violence will increase the likelihood of subsequent aggressive behavior. One solution to my deep concern over this article would be avoiding the graphic details and reporting the crime in such a way as to minimize the likelihood of imitation.