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Donald Trump is now the presumed Republican candidate for US President; and — despite Bernie Sanders’ optimism — Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate. These are major developments. One way or another, they will ultimately impact world events.
We watched the story covered from every angle, examined in minute detail. What we did not see much about, on the evening news, was the death of a toddler in Utah.
Eighteen month old Ethan Antes had been left in the care of his stepfather, Codey Jolley. The child was found floating facedown in the tub, with trauma to his upper body.
Police have charged Jolley with abuse homicide . Ethan had sustained injuries on two earlier occasions, after being left alone with his stepfather.
While momentous events were unfolding on the national stage, a little life was lost. We cannot know what impact that little life might have had, given the chance.
Nor can we know what impact all the other lost lives might have had — Jahi Turner or Malachi Golden in North Carolina , Charlie Brame in Florida , Jeida Torres in New York , or two unnamed little girls in Oklahoma and Arizona .
But those lives mattered. They mattered every bit as much as the lives of politicians and celebrities do. No little life should be lost.
“But Jesus called them to Him and said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God’ “ (Luke 18: 16).
 Fox 13 Now, “Family remembers toddler who may be victim of child abuse homicide” by Kiersten Nunez, 5/3/16, http://fox13now.com/2016/05/03/family-remembers-toddler-who-may-be-victim-of-child-abuse-homicide.
 Fox 13 Now, “Millcreek man faces child abuse charges; 18-month-old has died” by Mark Green, 4/30/16, updated 5/1/16, http://fox13now.com/2016/04/30/millcreek-man-faces-child-abuse-charges-16-month-old-not-expected-to-survive.
 Fox 8, “Stepfather arrested in NC in death of 2-year-old”, 4/19/16, http://myfox8.com/2016/04/19/stepfather-arrested-in-nc-in-death-of-2-year-old.
 Fox 46, “Mother charged in death of young son, day after stepfather charged”, 11/2/15, updated 11/3/15, http://wwww.fox46charlotte.com/news/local-news/43529838-story.
 News OK, “Stepfather arrested in death of 2-year-old in Norman” by Jane Cannon, 8/6/15, http://newsok.com/article/5438504.
 Fox 10, “Police investigating death of young child; stepfather charged” by Brian Pryor, 6/5/15, http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/2480066-story.
 NY Daily News, “3-year-old Florida girl, raped, beaten by new stepfather before death: police” by Rachelle Blidner, 11/26/14, http://nydailynews.com/girl-3-dies-raped-beaten-stepfather-police-article-1.2025585.
 NY Daily News, “Social workers gave apartment the ‘OK’ day before Brooklyn girl was beaten to death by stepdad at homeless shelter” by Caitlin Nolan, Greg Smith, Tina Moore, 10/20/14, http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/man-beat-brooklyn-girl-death-claims-escape-punishment-article-1.1980588.
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