rnch said[quote][cite]spartanrda said[Modern times? When is having a large family not modern.....unless you were raised in federally assisted housing units, most responsible parents have been cutting down on the number of children for the last FORTY YEARS.
The father was not mentioned so i don't think it is right to make assuptions about where he might be. ...why is it not "right" to question where the abused boy's father is?
First mondern times did not begin 40 years ago so your whole permise is flawed. Second according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average family size is currently 3.14 people so obviously there are going to be some families that greatly exceed that mean number. I Don't think it is irresponsible to have a large family if you can support it and there is no evidance saying that the mother was not doing so. Obviously one of her well adjusted childern has be placed in control of the other younger childern. It is still possible that this is just a bad little kid who told a series of lies and fooled people into taking his side after he was punished for something.
You have made several assuptions (I have as well) that are baseless that you can not support and the article did not mention. However there is always two sides to every story.
There are many reason the father was not there so, divorce, death, in Iraq, at work, gravely ill, and so on.