MICHAEL KITZMAN BEAT HIS 2 YEAR OLD SON AND LOCKED HIM IN A DOG KENNEL – CCA0063 – UPDATED 10.17.2013

MICHAEL KITZMAN BEAT HIS 2 YEAR OLD SON AND LOCKED HIM IN A DOG KENNEL

3In October of 2012, Michael D Kitzman, 34, of Little Chute, Wisconsin, saw fit to beat his 2 year old son, tie the toddler up, and placed him in a dark room in a dog kennel.  The million dollar question – WHY?  Well, the beautiful, helpless baby boy gave one of his siblings toys to the family dog.  Makes sense right?!

Police launched a 3 month long investigation into the report of abuse, and on January 7, 2013, arrested Kitzman.  Kitzman told police that he ‘lost his temper’ and after beating the boy, he tied his arms and legs up behind his back, leaving him on his stomach on the floor for 45 minutes.  Kitzman then untied the baby boys and placed him in the dog kennel where the toddler eventually fell asleep.  Kitzman admitted to the abuse saying “I just blew up … I just lost it and I blanked out.”  The abuse was initially reported by an anonymous witness who went to the police shortly after the incident took place.  When authorities went to Kitzman’s home, they observed a large bruise on the toddler’s leg.  Kitzman’s wife (*gag* – is she blind?), reportedly cooperated with police when interviewed.

Michael Kitzman

Michael Kitzman

Kitzman is being held on a $10,000.00 bail for one count of felony child abuse, and has been ordered to have no contact with the baby boy and no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.  If convicted on the charges, Kitzman could face up to 10 years in prison.

Alright, time for me to take a moment and climb up on my soap box.  I have raised 3 very active and curious boys through their toddler years.  The term terrible two’s is not exactly what I witnessed.  What I saw was a baby boy learning how to navigate his world, and when the amazing realization hit that they now had the tools to explore this world, they left nothing untouched, and I do mean nothing!  On more than one occasion one of my son’s would crawl into the dog’s kennel (I suppose it was more of a ‘doggy play pen’) giggling hysterically, one even managed to fall asleep in there curled up beside our dog.  Why?  Well he figured if the dog could sleep on his bed, he could sleep on the dog’s bed.  I admit, I let him sleep in there, seeing a little boy and his dog curled up together was too sweet to break up.  When he woke up from his nap, he promptly climbed out smiling and asked for some milk.  The dog’s kennel wasn’t the only tight space my boys explored.  My middle son climbed into a plastic toy bin one afternoon and when his brother’s saw this as funny, they each found their own empty toy bin to play in for the afternoon.  My youngest son was playing around on my bed, getting ready for a nap, one morning while I unpacked a suitcase after a family trip – when I turned around, he was in the suitcase sleeping.  There was a month when my two oldest sons only played under their beds, their ‘secret fort’ they called it.  As for handing toys over to anyone or anything, well that was common place.  The dog was given many toys, a few toys were flushed down the toilet (resulting in a plumber having to take my toilet completely of the ground to retrieve a plastic fish), the pizza man was offered hot wheels in gratitude for his delivery, before I learnt to screw down my floor registers, half a dozen roll around balls were dropped into them, and this list only goes on and on.  My point here is that toddlers get into some curious situations and do some crazy things, but they do so while under their own exploration.  To lock a baby boy in a tight dark space after beating him for what he saw as simply sharing a toy, is beyond torture.  This little boy was vulnerable, and at a stage where he should have felt free to explore, with the knowledge that his parents, who are there to protect him, would keep him safe while he explored.  Instead he was thrust into a nightmare at the hands of his father.  I can only imagine that for the rest of this little boy’s toddler years, exploring will no longer be a carefree curious thing, so I ask you this, what price should Kitzman pay for doing what he did and taking the natural wonder his son once had, and shattering it?

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~ by LTWH on June 11, 2013.

One Response to “MICHAEL KITZMAN BEAT HIS 2 YEAR OLD SON AND LOCKED HIM IN A DOG KENNEL – CCA0063 – UPDATED 10.17.2013”

  1. That’s beyond barbaric.

    I have a little boy who’s a toddler now. He goes into the dog’s cage all the time. It’s his “cloak of invisibility” and he get a huge kick out of us “not being able to see him”. He has tantrums, he giggles, he has potty training accidents, he is learning new words, he likes to slam doors and open them. He loves playing in any kind of water except for his ISR (Infant Swimming and Self Rescue Resources: http://www.infantswim.com) class because he’s made to do certain things there. He has trouble sleeping through the night sometimes, and makes a mess when he eats. No where has he ever – nor will he ever – be beaten, tortured or even hit for anything! Babies and toddlers, children and even teenagers never need to be hit. They need love, discipline, structure and guidance.

    Any schmuck who hurts, tortures, neglects, abuses (in any manner) – and those who know such treatment is going on and does nothing to assist the child – should be dealt with harshly. I do not believe the justice system delivers the appropriate sentences. If give the authority, I would make the sentences for everyone convicted of harming a child in any manner more…appropriate.

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