This is just sad. Like, I understand "white people did this" is the trending excuse right now for just about everything, but did these people really think they would get away with this?
Let's jump right into the story, because it's kinda serious and not really a joking matter:
Authorities say [Shelby] Martinez and the boy's father, Thomas Gates, tried to cover up how their child received life-threatening injuries.
Their two-year-old son was allegedly run over by Gates when he was backing out with his vehicle, but the couple blamed it on an "unknown white couple," according to police. Martinez and Gates are both black…
According to authorities, Gates told them that a car driven by an unknown white female and male had pulled out of a parking spot at the Maverick on Maurine Apartments on Ridgeway and hit his son as he and his family were getting into their car.
I see this as less of a "blame white people" situation and more of an "oh crap, what do we do?" type of situation. So I'm going to go ahead and give these parents the benefit of the doubt and assume they were just going with the trendy excuse of the day — blaming white people — simply because they thought it was their best way out of taking blame. One is a product of one's environment.
More from the story:
After Martinez was questioned by police, they claimed that the details of her account were different from Gates'. Martinez was reportedly combative at the Fort Worth hospital and refused to give an interview to police.
Forensic evidence showed that Gates had lied to police about the location of where his child had been hit. Detectives found blood in the parking lot of their apartment complex, not across the street which Gates had stated, police said.
Gates, who is out on bond, informed police that he wanted to change his story and said that he had accidentally backed over his son, who had run behind the car. His second statement was corroborated by two other children present in the car at the time of the incident.
You know, something very important is missing from this entire story, and it's starting to bother me: The child. We have heard nothing about the child, who "suffered internal injuries, burns, and a lacerated liver" back in February. This whole story is about the parents blaming white people for what happened, and now their lie has become the story, instead of the story being the state of their child.
Shelby Martinez, 30, was arrested on Saturday at her apartment complex where her son was injured and has been charged with making false statements to police.
Man, I hope she learns her lesson here. And I hope dad does, too. You just don't lie like this. And you especially don't just blame a made-up white family for running over your kid.
I sure hope that kiddo is okay.
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