3 year old Mayouna Smith of Amherst Ny was murdered last weekend. Immediately people are calling out CPS as a failure. CPS or Child Protective Services in Erie County(where her death took place)Like every were else, needs updated, I’ll admit that.
People are overlooking something. This happens in a lot of domestic violence situations.
First is the fact that Mayouna’s killer chose to hurt her. That is, instead of learning positive ways to deal with their shit, they chose to hurt those that love them. An abuser doesn’t have to be an abuser,once they realize that they are a threat they can do whatever it takes to be better people. This person chose not too.
Next is the mother. I give her a little less blame due to her apparent situation(as long as she didn’t kill her daughter) As the mother of Mayoura she had responsibility to protect her offspring. To some extent I understand why she didn’t do that. There was an infant in the house hold, perhaps she was protecting that child. Their is also a big possibility that she feared the consequences of leaving. Its not hard to track a person down and she probably wouldn’t have gotten much help from the authorities. Odds would have been good that she may have been hunted down and killed(now you know one of the reasons people don’t leave). She still had a job to do
There is also the system aside from CPS. You get the courage to finally press charges and your told that your torture isn’t worth their time because you didn’t die or come close. If they do choose to go after the abuser they only get a half ass sentence but before that they get out on bail. They are also angry, maybe enough to “convince”you to drop charges or just kill you. If you keep you head down you may just survive so you stay and that is used against you too if you decide to press charges. The systems treatment of survivors reduces the likelihood of them leaving.
When the story of Mayoura’s death broke it was said that neighbors heard a girl screaming and a man yelling. That in itself is abuse especially since she was 3 years old, she probably had no idea what he was saying. The people heard the screaming just heard her screaming. That’s it. They probably heard her being killed and chose to do nothing. Not even call the police and check on the screaming girl. Check on because their was a terrified child screaming and the police can’t instantaneously transport places and people should be willing to do whatever necessary to protect children.
So, in summery, CPS isn’t the only one that failed, in fact, they have no records in Erie county of even receiving a report. That would mean the entire community failed directly and indirectly to save, not only Mayoura Smith.
Abdifatah “Abdi” Mohamud(2003-2012)