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Tougher sentence deserved for abuse

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Christy Edgar is an adoptive mother, a minister and a convicted killer. Unfortunately, the Kansas City woman will be eligible for parole from prison in just 20 years following her sentencing in a Kansas court this week. If you seek true justice, Edgar would never know the sweet smell of freedom again.

Edgar, her husband and six other people loosely affiliated with her church were charged with multiple counts of child abuse. All involved are members of God's Creation Outreach Ministry, a storefront church in Kansas City where the Edgars served as pastors.

When the woman's 9-year-old adopted son was punished for stealing a cookie, Christy Edgar bound him with duct tape from head to toe like a mummy and left him overnight. The boy suffocated and was pronounced dead at a hospital the following morning. Other members of the church who participated in other abuses have already been judged and sentenced to prison.

If you listened to the rambling statement from Christy Edgar at her sentencing this week, it becomes apparent she's out of her mind. But despite her confusing mix of religion and punishment, she knew full well what she was doing and she deserved much more punishment than she received.

You would think someone in the community would have seen the signs of abuse that were apparently routine for the Edgar children. You would think someone within the church itself would have seen these signs and alerted authorities. But we often learn of these extreme examples when it's too late.

Maybe 20 years will help Christy Edgar recognize the tragedy she brought and the life she took. Her ultimate judgment however, I suspect, will not be as light as the punishment imposed by the courts.

As the saying goes, "you either pay now or you pay later."

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