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Christian Choate Didn't Have To Die
The life of Christian Choate started like anyone else. Born in 1996 to to Riley Choate and Aimee Estrada. Later in their marriage Estrada would divorce Riley Choate claiming he has physically abusive. By this time in 2005 Riley Choate was living with his girlfriend Kimberly Kubina and her children from a previous relationship. Child services had already been called on the new couple as Choate had beaten Rubina's nieces. It was confirmed and the young girls were removed from the home but eventually returned.
Despite this fact Riley Choate would win custody of his two children with Aimee Estrada. So Christian Choate and Christina Choate moved in with their new family. Riley Choate would regularly physically abuse his family but when Christian came along he became Riley's primary focus for the abuse.
Christian Choate distraught of the divorce, the absence of his mother and now the neverending abuse would often run away until one day his father began putting him in a dog cage.
For more than a year Christian Choate was kept in a dog cage. His stepmother told her children to treat him as though he was a dog. Both parents taught the children to hate and hurt Christian. He was made to wear a diaper as sometimes they would leave him in the cage so long that he would soil himself. He was given little food and water and very infrequently.
His step-mother Kimberly Kubina had removed Christian from school saying that he was being home schooled. Although he wasn't she would often give him writing assignments such as: Why do you want to see your mother again? Why can't you let the past go? Besides this Christian also wrote how his family hated him and that he only wanted to be liked by them. He would spend long hours alone in the cage wondering when someone, anyone would come and check on him.
Riley Choate would let Christian out of the cage only to be hancuffed to a bed so he could beat him regularly, sometimes with a metal pole. His legs were so badly beaten that he could barely walk. Finally in 2009 one evening when Christian was too sick to eat his father punched him in the face several times and threw him back in his cage. The next morning his sister Christina found him dead.
That day Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina gathered his body up in garbage bags and buried him behind a trailer and covered the grave with concrete. They told their children never to speak of it. They told Christina his biological sister that if she ever told anyone they would kill her and bury her along with him.
So for two years Christian Choate's body lay under a concrete slab in the trailer park. Until one day his sister managed to contact their biological mother, Aimee Estrada, who after finding out called 911. Riley Choate and Kimberly Kubina were arrested and charged with murder and several other charges but that won't bring Christian Choate back.
When I first read this story in the news awhile back I was horrified. How could someone ever treat another human being like this, let alone a child. To torture and eventually brutally kill your own child. What is wrong with society in general that could spawn such a person. I am not prone to showing emotion and can admit the last time I cried was when my father died back in 2004. But when I read every detail of this I cried.
I thought about whether I wanted to write this article as I had such difficulty reading about this in the first place. But is it helps just one person reading this to do something about child abuse it was more than worth writing. If you know something is horribly wrong with a child do something, tell the authorities. Don't stop until you save the child.
Although I think in certain situations when capital punishment is used in prison they may be killing an innocent person this isn't one of those times. I will not feel bad for either of these two charged with murder if they get lethal injection. They will have gotten off easier than Christian Choate did. But even if we rid ourselves of the ones responsible there is still the matter of the problems with society that allowed these two to get to this point.
It is a constant reminder of societies inability to protect children. Also of the decay of the family unit now not only do the bonds of husband-wife, mother-father not matter but even the bonds of parent-child are being cast aside. What does that say about us as a society?
Rest in Peace Christian.