I don’t really travel west of Worcester unless I’m getting on the Mass Pike. No good can come of that. There’s so many crapbag towns out there – Warren, Ware, Spencer – and they’re all a pain in the ass to get to. But Hardwick is actually one of the towns I like to visit the most. It’s boundaries are basically formed by the Quabbin Reservoir, and it’s beautiful out there. There’s no traffic, and everyone seems pleasant.
But looks can be deceiving, because as the Blackstone house of horrors story from last year showed us, there are assholes amongst us everywhere:
The father of a 7-year-old boy who is suffering from starvation and dehydration, is being held without bail until Friday after the child, weighing only 38 pounds, was brought to the hospital unconscious and suffering from his condition and serious injuries.
Randall E, Lints, 26, of 16 Bridge St., in the Gilbertvillle section of Hardwick, will be the subject of a hearing on Friday to determine whether he is too dangerous to be released as he awaits trial on charges of assault and battery on a child with substantial injury, permitting substantial injury to a child, reckless endangerment of a child and permitting injury to a child.
He was arraigned Wednesday in Western Worcester District Court. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.
He was arrested Tuesday night, a week after his son was taken by an advanced life support ambulance to Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware.
According to court documents, doctors found the child was suffering from “starvation and dehydration” and had become unresponsive as a result. A state police report indicates the boy’s injuries are “life threatening.”
A police report states that the little boy also had suffered bruises to his forehead and jaw, which Mr. Lints allegedly said were caused by a fall from the child’s bed, something doctors determined wouldn’t have caused such injuries. The boy also had what are believed to be bleach burns on his hands and knees.
The police report indicates that the child was rarely out of his father’s sight and that there is a history of Mr. Lints limiting “consumption of food and liquids” which is an issue that had been addressed by a therapist in May.
The police report states a doctor reported in a patient assessment that the child was, “in his room for days against a background of behavioral complaints . . . apparent starvation and dehydration creates grave concern for inflicted injury.”
The report also indicates that Mr. Lints is a strict disciplinarian who had been “forcing (the child) to continuously wash the floors,” which contributed to the child’s injuries.
State Trooper Douglas P. Grout wrote in a statement of facts that as of Tuesday night, the child was “in a coma and unresponsive” with some healing of the injuries to his hands and knees.
Hardwick Police Lt. Kevin Landine said police are working with the state Department of Children and Families in the case.
What a fucking asshole. How can anyone do that to ANY child, never mind your own flesh and blood? This kid was being raised in a Goddamn concentration camp. Fuck this guy and his fake ass beard and his wannabe hardo tattoo. You’re a real big man Randall. I mean, you put your 7 year old kid in coma, so you really earned your badass merit badge didn’t you? There’s a lot of guys in the clink who became criminals after being the victims of abuse as children. I say toss this asshole into a cell with them for an hour and let nature take it’s course. One less asshole.
But the thing about people like Randall is, they’re always gonna be here. As disgusting and repugnant as they are, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. He’s pure evil. My question is, where the fuck was DCF? Why do they even exist? I understand that social workers are overworked and all that stuff, but how the fuck did they miss this one? The kid weighs 38 pounds and he’s seven years old. He’s covered in bruises. He’s being raised by a guy with a rap sheet a mile long. And NO ONE thought it would be wise to do some house check ins?
Because I guarantee you one thing – his teachers and school said something to them. They had to have. If he’s 7 that means he just finished first grade. There’s no way a first grade teacher wouldn’t notice a student who comes to school every day hungry and dehydrated. It would affect his ability to learn and his classroom relationships. Schools are more on guard about this stuff and vigilant than ever before.
More than likely DCF will just end up firing whoever is in charge. Because that’s what they always do. Then the next one will be an asshole too. I just hope Charlie Baker can come in there and completely restructure that whole organization, because right now there’s really no reason for it to even exist.
Stories like this make me feel especially bad for parents who can’t conceive. There’s a lot of people out there who don’t have the luxury that this dipshit had. They want nothing more than to conceive a child that they can shower with love and raise as their own. Every time they see a story like this it must kill them. Fuck this guy and everything he stands for.