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Shaniya Davis, RIP

Shaniya Davis, the little girl from Fayeteville who has been missing for many days, was found dead on the side of the road yesterday. Apparently her mother sold her as a sex slave, and the man who bought her killed her.

It's horrifying.

I found out about Davis's death when Elle called to talk to me about it. She was so devastated she needed someone to talk to. It was as if someone had done something to one of her own kids. I admire her for that. I often make fun of people who walk around filled with angst about the problems in the world, but sometimes there are things so horrible that the only appropriate response is overwhelming emotion.

It's almost unimaginable that there are mothers like Antoinette Davis. It would be unimaginable if this tragedy hadn't happened. When Elle mentioned they were charging the mother, my first thought was that there couldn't be anything worse than negligence on the mother's part, and that this was just a case of a prosecutor overreaching.

As much as I hate overzealous prosecutors, I'd rather believe in them than in mothers like Antoinette Davis. As is often the case, what I prefer to believe is not what is actually true. As Elle gave me more details, I became convinced that Shaniya's mother really was that much of a monster.

I mentioned one of my pet dichotomies to Elle during our conversation: that there are people who believe in evil, and people who don't. Elle and I are both in the first camp. After hearing about Shaniya Davis, I don't see how anyone can be in the second camp.

There are monsters in the world. I'm just glad there are people like Elle, who care so deeply about the most defenseless among us.

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Oh boy...I don't use the word "evil" much, actually, unless when talking about villians in TV shows and such. It's overused in the real world (especially on the Internet). But to say that this girl's mother, and that man, are evil would totally NOT be an exaggeration.

"I often make fun of people who walk around filled with angst about the problems in the world, but sometimes there are things so horrible that the only appropriate response is overwhelming emotion."

I think you make fun of those people because, often, the problems they're angsting about either aren't that serious, or they're actually beating THEMSELVES up over problems they aren't responsible for, or both. This, however...