The death of the 20 month-old Imani Jennings, due to the beatings administered by her mother and mother’s boyfriend, is on most people’s minds in CNY this week. It is the kind of news that just makes you want to throw up your hands, and retreat from the world. There is absolutely nothing to be gleaned from this story other than horror, pain and evil. The bad news is compounded by the fact that the teenage mother is pregnant again.
There are caring people in this community and there are numerous agencies that will investigate the problems and try to determine what went wrong. There may be task forces and studies and programs created as a result of this murder. But the little girl will still be dead and another little one will be placed in danger when she is born to the mother in this case.
Imani apparently means belief or faith in Swahili. That faith has been severely tested.