7For all the single moms and dads out there, I think we can all agree that the most difficult part of being in the dating game, is finding someone worthy enough to meet the most important people in our lives.  Let’s be honest, it takes a lot to impress us and the ones with the bottom line, are our kids.  Channing Tatum could walk into my house professing his undying love for me, while riding an unicorn with a monkey wearing a tuxedo made of bacon, and if my children did not like him or felt uncomfortable around him, he would be gone in a matter of seconds.  For most of us, allowing someone in to meet our children is well thought out, and takes time to come to the decision to allow our children to possibly invest a great deal in this person emotionally.  We want to make sure that the person we bring home is kind and generous, is someone that we can trust to protect our children, and someone that we feel will be sticking around for a long time.  We refuse to accept anything less than our version of perfection when allowing someone to come into our children’s lives and potentially playing such a big role in their future. Sadly though … this is not always the case.

A 2 year old boy in Polk County Florida, is facing the possibility of losing his vision in his right eye, after his mother’s boyfriend mercilessly beat him, while his mother stood by.  Let’s start a little before the beating occurred.  David “Bread” Sinnett, 32, somehow managed to catch the eye of Arlene Tilson, 29.  It didn’t take long for the two to start playing house with Tilson’s toddler son stuck right in the middle.  Now, Sinnett is quite the catch.  No girl can resist a good criminal record, and it would appear that Sinnett has dipped into every part of the criminal scene, so here’s a look at that rap sheet.

2005: Aggravated Assault (original charge –Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, downgraded to Aggravated Assault) – guilty/convicted

2005: Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon – guilty/convicted

2003: Resisting Arrest – guilty/ convicted

2003: Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon – guilty/convicted

2003: Resisting Arrest – guilty/convicted

2003: Possession of Marijuana WITS (with intent to sell) – guilty/convicted; Resisting Arrest -guilty/convicted

2000: Disorderly Conduct – guilty/convicted

1998: Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon – guilty/convicted

1998: Carrying a Concealed Weapon -guilty/convicted

1998: Possession of Marijuana – guilty/convicted

1997: Burglary – guilty/convicted

The icing on the cake here, is Sinnett’s “Hustla” tattoo on his stomach, which he got while serving time in a federal prison.  He is also the proud owner of a tattoo of Florida on his left arm. (??? Weird ???).

David L. Sinnett

David L. Sinnett

According to many of Tilson’s relatives, Sinnett was always “messing with” the young boy.  His cruelty hit an all time high on the day that he beat the little boy with a hanger, and other various objects.  Doctors reported that the little boy was brought into the ER with multiple injuries which appeared to have developed over time.  One attending physician, Dr. Blind, stated that the boy’s injuries indicate multiple beatings.  Among other serious injuries, the little boy suffered a broken bone between his nose and eye, which could leave him blind in his right eye.  He was covered with contusions and welts all over his body.  The story only gets more tragic as it unfolds.  Tilson, the woman who was supposed to be protecting her little boy, admitted to being present when Sinnett began beating her son with a hanger.  She told investigators that the beating started after Sinnett became angry with the little boy when he was unable to pronounce his sister’s name correctly … did I also mention that the little boy suffers from a speech impediment?  Sinnett told authorities that he does get angry when the little boy doesn’t say words correctly because he feels the little boy doesn’t try.  He admitted to hitting the child in the back for this reason.  Tilson claims that after the beating began, she left the room because she just couldn’t watch it occur.  How about stepping in there mom, and beating the crap out that monster with a hanger yourself.  If some man ever though he could even slap one of my sons on the hand, he would end up dumped on the side of some road, sans testicles.

Sinnett fully admitted to investigators that he hit the boy with a hanger.  He claimed to strike the boy because he was too close to an electrical outlet and that the other injuries were a likely result of the toddler falling off a skateboard, regardless of the fact that authorities and medical staff could clearly tell his injuries were nowhere near consistent with a fall off a skateboard.  My sons have fallen off some pretty crazy things, skateboards included, yet each of them have never sustained anything past a bruise and small scrape, let alone broken bones.  When children are little their bones are softer than ours, they have to be to allow the child to pass through the birth canal (Sorry for that image), which as a result actually makes it quite difficult to break their bones.  A great deal of force is required, far more force that any fall of a skateboard could induce.

Arlene Tilson was charged with child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for failing to intervene when she witnessed her toddler son being beat.  Her bail was set at $26,000.00.  “We want to send a clear message that we will arrest anyone who harms a child, or stands there and watches someone harm a child. It is unthinkable to me how anyone could allow a child to be abused by this violent man, and then not even take the child to the hospital or report the abuse to authorities.” stated Sheriff Grady Judd.

Sinnett’s mother and sister have spoken out stating that there is never an excuse to harm a child … BUT … they would hope people would at least understand that Sinnett is severely mentally ill.  If there is one thing I have learned in my time, it is that any statement before the word BUT, is made for the benefit of others, and the statement following the BUT is how the person truly feels.  They say that Sinnett cannot afford the $400 per month to pay for medication he badly needed.  They claim he is an absolute different person when he’s on his medication, someone who is kind and rational.  Hear those tiny violins, I say that is complete CRAP. There is no excuse EVER for someone to hit a child, and ESPECIALLY no excuse for other adults being aware of the situation and not stopping it.  To go as far as to defend a child abuser, regardless of the excuse, is just as bad as hitting that child yourself.  Not to mention the fact that if Sinnett is truly as mentally ill as they claim, he needs to be in a facility where he is not able to hurt other people, especially children.  By their own admittance they have essentially declared Sinnett is a ticking time bomb that can explode at any moment.  The family claims that Sinnett is bipolar and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.  They also claim that he has had a long standing history of drug use of methamphetamines, marijuana and at times heroin, and has for the most part lived on the streets.  Sinnett has spent more time incarcerated and in boot camps than he has spent free. (How did someone not snatch this guy up before now?!  What a catch!)  In the weeks before he beat the 2 year old boy, his family claims he began to have nonsensical outbursts and tirades, and STILL not one person sought to keep any children in his path safe.  NO ONE DID A THING.  They sat back and waited while this little boy endured horrific abuse at the hands of a man that his own family states they know he is not fit to be around a child.

This next fact, is the fact that horrifies me the most, it turns out the little boy was not brought to the hospital by anyone who knew him.  State CPS workers received an anonymous call where someone claimed to have seen a PICTURE of Sinnett beating and choking the boy, and removed the boy from the home, bringing him to the hospital, when they went to investigate and discovered the abuse.  I have to ask how much longer this little boy would have been beat until one day his little body couldn’t endure anymore and shut down.  It seems that this little boy was facing a death sentence until CPS came along.  I have to take a minute here to acknowledge the fact that in this case, CPS workers reacted quickly and in my opinion, saved the toddler’s life.  Everyone knows I am the first person who will criticize CPS when they have not done their jobs, however when they do, as these workers did, I will be the first to applaud them and thank them for being diligent about protecting our children.  CPS also removed the remaining children from the home and has placed them all in state care.

Sinnett was arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse for the severe beating of the toddler and faces a sentence of 30 years in prison if convicted.  His bond was set at $175,000.00.




~ by LTWH on March 17, 2013.

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