Second-grader Curtis Collman III is dead because his father let him die to hide his own drug habit.
We're about to go to an incredibly distressing place, folks.
8- year-old Curtis told his dad that he was hungry and then started eating what he thought was breakfast cereal left on a plate - but was in fact crystal methamphetamine.
Why a child would think that a colorless rocky crystal that according to Quora tastes "very chemical-y" would be cereal perhaps suggests a level of neglect and food insecurity that no child should ever suffer.
Either way, by the time the child's father, Curtis Collman, Jr., noticed what was happening, his son had already ingested about 180 times a lethal dose.
This is horrific enough, to be sure.
But the boy's father actively prevented medical assistance.
Curtis Collman, Jr. stopped both his son's grandmother and a friend from calling the police while being "hysterical, crying and acting crazy" - pointing a gun at the friend to keep her from phoning for help.
We can only presume that the father didn't want to get in trouble, so he let his son convulse himself into unresponsiveness before ditching the child at his grandmother's house.
He then hollered that he would kill himself and drove away from the scene as someone was finally able to call 911. The boy was taken to Schneck Medical Center where he died.
When police arrived to serve the warrant for Collman's arrest, officers noted there was no functioning electricity in the house the child lived in.
Prosecutors intend to push for the maximum sentence of 50 years.
RIP little Curtis Collman III. It’s a pity your violent abusive POS of a sperm donor wasn’t up to the job in giving you the best in life. Hopefully the prosecutors get justice & give Curtis Collman Jr 30+ yrs though he deserves to be force fed a lifetime supply of meth in 1 go. https://t.co/eXyOb44Ivj— Justice For Victims (@ElMuertoArias) August 3, 2018
The internet was truly at a loss for words.
OMG what a horrible story! Poor baby! Hope that "father" never sees the light of day again. I am heartbroken 💔💔😭😭— Linda Moore (@lindee1364) August 4, 2018