Tuesday again. It must be time for another one of these:
On Feb. 22, 2012, as Cardenas sat at his desk at a medical lab, his cellphone rang. It was his girlfriend, Maricela Serna, with disturbing news: The church had called. Their son was missing.
“Is that even possible?” Cardenas thought as he called the day care. A worker told him to calm down. They were looking for Carlos.
The day care was understaffed that day – with only four or five workers caring for at least 50 children – and somehow, the women in charge lost track of Carlos. A supervisor later admitted that “there was no system to know where each child was supposed to be and which staff member they were supposed to be with.”
One-year-old Carlos, left unattended, wandered into the church sanctuary and drowned in the baptismal. The irony is so incredible.
Like many others, the Praise Fellowship Assembly of God in Indianapolis claimed that government regulation of its day care enterprise violated their religious freedom. Avoiding the operating cost associated with running a secular operation, Praise Fellowship was able to undercut the competition and to coax clients such as Cardenas into trusting his son to their care. It puts a horrible definition to “dying to believe.”