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Chilling hit-and-run, June 6, 2008, HARTFORD, CONN. And you probably saw this on the news! SHOCKING! -- A 78-year-old man was tossed like a rag doll in a hit-and-run and stayed there motionless on a busy street as car after car drove by. Pedestrians gawked but did nothing. One driver stopped briefly, then pulled back into traffic. A man on a scooter slowly circled the victim, then zipped away.

"We no longer have a moral compass," Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts said.

BUT HERE’S ONE THAT’S WORSE YET! As eyewitnesses watched in horror, a 27-year-old Turlock man punched and stomped a toddler to death on a darkened country road Saturday night in Stanislaus County before a police officer shot and killed the attacker. Eyewitnesses tried to stop the man, who swung and slammed the child into the asphalt behind his parked four-door Toyota pickup.

Investigators spent Father’s Day trying to understand and cope with the savage attack on Bradbury Road, 10 miles west of Turlock near cow pastures and dairy farms. The boy’s beating left police and rescue workers badly shaken, said Deputy Royjindar Singh. "Why would somebody do this?" Singh said. (I’ll tell you why? Because the devil is real!)

(SOURCE: from a sermon by Steve Shepard, "What’s Happening in America?", 7/3/08)

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