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How could a parent hurt their child?

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It has been a particularly depressing week across Canada and the U.S. for stories of parents who have caused unspeakable harm to their children.As a father of two amazing kids, I've never understood how a parent can sink to such depths and cause pain to those who look to them for love, guidance, comfort and protection.I have nothing but absolute contempt for anyone who can take out whatever frustrations they have in life on an innocent child.And don't even get me started on tired excuses such as "I was beaten as a child myself and don't know any better".That doesn't buy you any sympathy. It makes your acts even worse, since you of all people should know better given your first-hand experience as a victim.Here's just a sampling of the headlines which have emerged in the past few days, along with links to the stories:-Quebec mother sentenced for whipping daughter, burning her with iron-Calgary father who molested three-week-old baby jailed 10 1/2 years-New Brunswick woman convicted in death of two-year-old daughter-Quebec woman to appeal 30-month prison sentence for injuring baby in her care-Restraint may have been used on toddler for two years before she died, inquest hears-Toronto father charged in eight-year-old daughter's death-Florida mother acquitted of child abuse in daughter's genital piercing-North Carolina mom put baby's body in attic, police sayThat's a staggering eight major stories in one week. Got a thought on how to better protect children from their own parents? Share it below.

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.

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