File this one in the “How do you sleep at night?” category. Attorney Jeffrey T. Schwartz is defending a man who brutally starved and beat his 7-year-old step-daughter to death two years ago in New York. Mr. Schwartz contends that that the dead child, Nixzmary Brown, was a “force of destruction” who terrorized her siblings. Okay, well call Super Nanny, but don’t beat and starve a child, tie her to a chair and put a litter box just out of her reach that was supposed to serve as her toilet. Mr. Schwartz is basically saying that Nixzmary deserved her fate.
I completely understand the need for a solid defense no matter how heinous the crime, but I cannot understand blaming a child for her own brutal death at the hands of her step-father and mother. Read more on this story in this New York Times article.
UPDATE: Nixzmary’s stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter today by a Brooklyn jury.