I have been involved with missing children since little 2 year old Caylee Anthony was reported missing only to be found later dead. Since then I have made a point to try and report on any missing child that I can because I think all should be headline news. Unfortunately I canâ€™t catch them all but from time to time someone will send me a link involving either a missing child, or abused child orÂ about a child that had been sexually abused.
Well I hate admitting this but I have to be honest. This is a child in my own neck of the woods. In a Parish in Louisiana, where I spent almost 40 years of my life, a little 22 month old girl, Rubie Boland, was killed and I had not heard anything about it. So I would like to thank the person that sent me the link. I do believe this case needs to be brought out to the public.
Here is her storyâ€¦ Rubieâ€™s mother, Helen Teal, left her daughter in the care of her 20 year old boyfriend, Andrew Roberts from Kiln Mississippi. Apparently something very bad went wrong while he was watching the child. He took Rubie to her grandmotherâ€™s house and claimed she fell off the sofa and hit her head. Rubieâ€™s grandmother called 911 and reported that her granddaughter was unresponsive. An ambulance was sent out and when they got to the hospital.
The doctorâ€™s at Ochsner Foundation in Jefferson Parish found injuries to the babyâ€™s brain and retina as well as bruising on the top of her head and her feet. According to St Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan this indicates cruel and unusual trauma to little Rubie.
Over that weekend Galvanâ€™s findings were severe brain injuries and bruising consistent with shaken baby syndrome and ruled her death as a homicide. Authorities said Roberts picked the baby up by her feet and shook her and he slammed her head on the floor repeatedly. Roberts said in his own words that he was having a bad day. He said that the child had used the bathroom in her pants and basically that is when he grabbed the child by her feet.
Now I am with Rubieâ€™s father 100% when he says that is no good excuse to pick up a child by her feet especially when that child isnâ€™t even his. Scott Boland says, â€œThatâ€™s not human. Thatâ€™s an animal.â€ I have to agree with that too.
So for now they have arrested Roberts and are holding him with a $500,000 bond and he is charged with second degree murder. Scott Boland isnâ€™t happy with that either. â€œI want to see him get pushed for 1st degree murder not 2nd,â€ said Boland.
Boland also said, â€œI donâ€™t think there should be a bond at all. Itâ€™s sad and itâ€™s tragic that this has happened to us and our family. Thereâ€™s no way someone like this should be able to walk the streets of earth again.â€
Boland says that he wants this man to be charged with 1st degree murder which has a maximum death penalty. â€œI feel that what he did was not 2nd degree. I feel that he knew what he was doing when he picked my daughter up by her feet and started shaking her up and down banging her head on the floor,â€ said Boland.
My heart goes out to Scott Boland. I can understand his frustrated feelings about this monster that did this to his child. I have looked around online and I canâ€™t find anywhere that says anything about what the mother of Rubie has to say about this. I do hope she doesnâ€™t stand by this guyâ€™s side.
Scott Boland, I am praying for you and your family for God to help you get through this. May God bless you all and I hope someone listens to your pleas about having this charge changed. If there is a number or email address someone can write to in order to help you in this please email me at email@example.com and I will add it to this article.
Rubie, I know where you are now, you are safe and will never have to experience more pain like you did here on this earth.