Suffer the Little Children
Guilty or innocent? How to decide the fate of a child charged with murder?
Angelo Cavelli has snapped. In a fit of rage the boy murdered Faith Griffin, the media specialist at his school—of this, there is no doubt. Was it deliberate? Should he be charged as an adult? What of the suffering of the other victims—Faith's husband, Faith's coworkers, Faith's students? What has pushed a child so young to become so violent?
Psychologist, Allyson Freemont, and Detective Ernie Blackwell work to piece together the sad events of this boy's life. Their impatience mounts when they realize signs of problems have been denied or minimized for years by family members. Frustration grows as they work through the bureaucracy of three systems—education, mental health, and law enforcement—and anger with the knowledge that all have failed to help this child. Their emotions are compromised when the boy they are trying to help refuses to help himself as he continues down a path of self-destruction. Charged with murder, Angelo Cavelli may be tried as an adult and spend the rest of his life in prison.
About Valerie Allen (Melbourne, Florida Author)
About the Author
Valerie Allen, psychologist and author, writes fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and children's books. Her short stories, writer blogs, and parenting articles have appeared online and in magazines nationwide.
She is a member of both, the National and Florida Association of School Psychologists and conducts seminars for educators, medical, and mental health professionals using her self-help book, "Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony."
She supports writers using her book, "Write, Publish, Sell! Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ideas for the Marketing Challenged," 2nd Ed. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild and as a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Cape Canaveral Branch. She is also co-founder of Authors for Authors where, for more than 12 years, she continues to create and host author events and writer conferences.
She lives in warm and sunny Florida where she has enjoyed raising six children, from whom she has learned many things about life and love.