Cause of Death: No Father

Most children born to American women under thirty are now born out of wedlock, even though studies show that their children are more likely to experience poverty and other negative consequences as a result.  Studies also indicate that children raised in non-traditional homes are more likely to commit crimes and suffer abuse than children raised in traditional homes.  A series of incidents over the last few weeks illustrate this sad fact, and suggest that such children may also be more vulnerable to violence outside the home. On Feb. 8, 18-year-old Alyssa Bustamante was sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 murder of her neighbor Elizabeth Olten, aged nine.  Olten's mother, Patty Preiss, called Bustamante "an evil monster," and her crime was monstrous.  Yet the teenage murderer is herself a victim.  Bustamente was abandoned by both of her parents, and she was raised by her grandmother.  She attempted suicide two years before killing...(Read Full Article)

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