We now have a Zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs

and a Zero tolerance policy for guns and violence,

How about zero tolerance for abused children? My city has two murdered toddlers in two weeks.

How many police calls are required, how many observations of children in toxic environments are tolerable to this community?

Northfield stepfather charged in death of brutalized toddler

The Northfield man confessed to shaking the boy. An autopsy found broken bones, bleeding on the brain and other injuries. By JOY POWELL, Star Tribune

Last update: July 1, 2009 – 8:44 PM For four days, 17-month-old Nicholas Miller was in pain with a badly broken back, which made it difficult for the toddler to walk or even breathe. His brain was bleeding, and he had other wounds.

He got no medical help.

On June 23, the battered rural Northfield boy turned blue as his stepfather and step-grandmother laid him out and tried to revive him on a picnic table in Maiden Rock, Wis. It took an ambulance 23 minutes to arrive.

Nicholas was pronounced dead upon arriving at a hospital in Durand, Wis

Toddler found submerged in St. Paul bathtub dies

By ALEX EBERT , Star Tribune
Last update: July 4, 2009 – 9:07 PM

A toddler who was found submerged in a bathtub in a St. Paul foster home on Wednesday has died, police confirmed. The girl had been in critical condition since the accident.

An autopsy will be performed today and police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the near-drowning that eventually killed the 18-month-old, who was in the tub with a 3-year-old sibling.

In the past five years, 14 police calls have been made to the home of the toddler’s foster parents, Daniel and Barbara Wright.

Police are investigating what the foster parents were doing while the child was submerged. The 3-year-old has been taken from the home.

“Clearly this was a horrible tragedy,” St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Schnell said. “Hopefully it serves as a reminder to all of us to make sure we are watching our kids.”

Schnell said the names of the toddler and her sibling may not be released because doing so could identify their parents.

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