Palmerton, Pennsylvania I’m beginning to think Pennsylvania is going to give Florida a run for the money when it comes to crimes that should be spotlighted. Although people flock to the Florida coastline and adopt a party mentality for a long weekend or more, the silly folks in Pennsylvania seem to be adopting that same balls-out lifestyle on a fairly consistent basis. And damn, the party games they think of these days are just astounding. I mean, when I was younger – these games were dull compared to the excitement and entertainment that’s derived now. No, we just mainly played quarters, “Bob”, or sat and laughed our asses off for absolutely no reason whatsoever for hours on end. Sure there was the occasional “watching a drunk buddy peel a paint-chip off the wall to make a tripping person snap out of having a bad journey” and the occasional “watching 3 pals fall down a narrow flight of stairs after you just killed the only light by throwing Christmas ornaments at the bulb so they too could witness the pretty glass pieces flutter to the ground” but those good times pale in comparison to the entertainment Kimberly and Jacob Taschler enjoy…smoking pot while their baby wastes away.
Kimberly took her 11-month-old daughter to the emergency room because something seemed to be wrong. I suppose there was no real emergency to it, not enough to call 911 or any of that silly shit because Kayla Marie was already in rigor mortise. For those of you who are not aware, rigor starts to set in around 3 hours after someone dies with full rigor at around 12 hours post mortem. No need to incur an ambulance bill if you know what I mean.
Allegedly Kimberly (28) and Jacob (33) Taschler had left their daughter in a car-seat which was placed in an upstairs room of their 2-story home for 16 hours while they enjoyed a little doobage downstairs. 16 hours with no diaper change. 16 hours with no food. 16 hours with no liquids. No food/drink, no shitty diapers to change. That’s pretty ingenious…except for the fact the child had sat in feces so long her tissue had begun to break down. And by the sounds of the child’s condition, this was more than likely an on-going form of entertainment. At the time of death, Kayla Marie weighed a mere 13 pounds. They fucking starved this baby to death and she died alone in that car seat while mommy and daddy sat down stairs allegedly stoned out of their gourds.
Look, I may be totally wrong – I’ve known potheads for most of my life. I don’t know a one of them that would ever do this shit. If anything, pot makes one paranoid as fuck. I would imagine the opposite – checking that child every 2 minutes to make sure things are A-okay. Who in the hell doesn’t check on their baby? I’d be more likely to believe these two parents of the year were fucking around with meth. The reason for this speculation: Jacob’s myspace page is filled with pictures of him with the other children – obviously taken a while ago. I know it does happen, that something makes a person snap and they do bad things…but I’ve never known this to happen to a regular pothead. And for both parents to resort to this level of neglect just doesn’t display the actions of a pot smoker. Meth is another story entirely.
In one source (that I cannot seem to relocate at this time), it’s stated the other children have been taken into custody by children services but did not disclose if they’d suffered extreme neglect and malnutrition as their baby sister. Also in that source, there are medical records indicating Kimberly took Kayla to the doctors months prior to her death. It was further indicated the doctor showed concerns for her significantly reduced weight and scheduled a follow-up for the child. An appointment the mother did not keep.
Kimberly and Jacob Taschler turned themselves in and bail has been set for $150,000 (Kimberly) and $100,ooo (Jacob) The two parents are facing a 20-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless endangerment. Only 20 years? I imagine it seemed like 1oo years for that child who was left alone starving to death while she sat in pain as her skin was rotting off her body slowly. Fuck that. What’s wrong with doling out the same god damn punishment. Bring back the “eye for an eye” philosophy. Better yet, let the people who have tried their entire lives to have children have about 5 minutes alone with this couple…or give me just 2.
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