And this is why we have a parents of the year tag.
Six-year-old Florida boy Ryker Roque has died of rabies after being scratched by a bat infected with the disease.
Who the heck dies of rabies in the United States in 2018, you might be wondering. Well, that would be six-year-olds whose parents don’t take them in for treatment right away like they’re supposed to because the prospect of having to get needles made the kid cry.
Father Henry Roque said he had found a sick bat, put it in a bucket and told his son not to touch it, but he did and was scratched.
He said he washed the wound thoroughly but didn’t take the boy to the hospital because he cried when he was told he would get shots.
About a week later, the boy developed numb fingers and a headache and his parents took him for hospital treatment.
Maybe the “the family has suffered enough” argument applies here, but this seems like the kind of thing that should maybe get you charged with something, no?