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Moral Case Analysis Paper - April 23, 2019

Man Sentenced to 244 Years in Prison for Rape of Newborn Daughter During Meth-Fueled Haze - A Case Analysis According to Aquinas’s Moral Theory

PART 1 - NARRATIVE

A man was found guilty for raping his month and a half old baby and was sentenced to 244 years of jail time. The father named Patricio Menida confessed to an inmate regarding the act of sexually assaulting his daughter. The inmate, Fernando Herrera, testified that Medina told him that his girlfriend left the house while he was caring for his baby daughter started crying. Because of the powerful effects of the drug, Medina told him that the infant’s sobs began sounding like mons from woman. Medina then ws sexually aroused and forced himself on the baby, causing injury to the child. With the inmates testimony, during a two day trial which began on Tuesday, the 8th of October 2018, Jurors convicted Medina on multiple counts for sexually assaulting his newborn in March 2014. The child suffered heavily with bruises across her body and 45 broken bones, this includes her ribs and legs.. The jurors decided on a total of 244 years of jail and a total of $20",000 in fines. The allocation of charges, according to the McLennan County Attorney’s Office, starts with an 80-year sentence and $10",000 fine on the aggravated sexual assault of a child count, a two 80-year sentences and $10",000 fines on the injury to a child and lastly two 2-year sentences for child endangerment.

The police were called in on March 14, 2014, to Delano Avenue in Waco after physical abuse to a one month old baby was reported. Upon arriving to the scene, Medina already admitted to the police that he was under the influence of Methamphetamine 2 days prior. Medina also told the police of that the injuries cause were because of his violent tendency to squeeze his child whenever he was upset with the mother, of crushing the child’s body against his as well as his other tendencies of squeezing the child which lead to the broken ribs.

After the verdict, Medina cannot attain a parole without finishing a 80 year sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child. KWTX-TV reports that the discovery of the child’s injuries were found by a doctor during the child’s 5 week checkup. It was reported that the fractures did not heal together, rather it was found that the baby underwent different stages of healing. This discovery could assume that the abuse occurred for weeks. The baby's mother, Lisa Montoya, also testified and pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering a child.

The question of using the life sentences by the prosecutors were brought to the Jurors with the line of Gabrielle Massey “My question is what has he done to deserve anything less than life? What more horrific of a crime could there be for a man who is supposed to love and protect the life he brought into this world, and instead, he shatters her body in sick sexual fulfillment. All that baby needed was love and safety. The man that was supposed to give that to her instead taught her the true horrors of the world - she endured a living hell”. Massey ended with “Thank God he did not kill her tiny body, but he killed her soul”.

"The jury's verdict ensures that this toddler and all children will be safe from this predator for the next 80 years"," Assistant McLennan County District Attorney Gabrielle Massey said in a statement. The child was adopted along with her two other siblings by a family who was unrelated to them. The girl is now four and is doing well. ‘Thanks to the work of CPS and Waco PD Crimes Against Children, the horrific first five weeks of this child’s life will not prevent her from having a safe and happy future.

PART 2 - ANALYSIS

We used Aquinas’ framework on this situation to argue that the act in question is not morally good and also provide the support as to the extent of the act being morally bad. First, what should be established are the actions and the events that occured that lead to the act. Prior to the act (due to its supposed repetition) the agent was under the influence of an illegal drug, methamphetamine, known to cause aggression, poor judgement, and obsessive behavior. Medina, under the influence, sexually assaulted his month old daughter as a result. The act of rape was also never brought to the police by the agent himself for concern of the child’s health as the child suffered bruises and broken bones, but rather a doctor noticed the injuries which led to the discovery of such and act and eventual prosecution and sentencing.

According to Aquinas’ framework, actions are guided towards the good with the basis of the divine, moral, natural and human law because these laws lead people to exercise their will properly. In this case, the act of abuse and sexual assault on the child of Medina by himself goes against all those laws. Prior to this, his taking of illegal drugs which also go against these laws led him to the act of raping his 1 month old child. In terms of the human morality of the act, the objectum of the act as well as the intent for Medina was to attain pleasure which is morally neutral until it is directed sexually in an immoral way such as the circumstances that the act was done under.

The following outcome is a result of a human act; the act of taking dangerous drugs within close proximity of a helpless child that led to the act. For it to be considered a human act under Aquinas’ framework it must be deliberate, conscious, and voluntary. It can be identified that the act of taking the drugs was deliberate, conscious and voluntary because no external force motivated the act, because the result of the act did not cause the agent to condemn his action, and also because the act was made for the sake of the agent’s own pleasure. However, the more pressing issue of the act is the consequence of taking such drugs in the presence of his one month old child. Under Aquinas’ framework, a consequence does not define the act as good or evil, rather it is the act itself that determines such. Assuming that physical abuse occurred without the use of drugs, the rape of the child would be considered a foreseen consequence of the act and increase its malice according to Aquinas. If the acts of physical abuse were assumed to occur when Medina was under the influence, then it would be considered an unforeseen consequence and not amplify the act as morally bad. However, the injuries were thought to have occurred at a span of weeks which increase the quality of the will’s intent. Although the case does not state whether Medina was alway under the influence during his abuse, the constant repetition increases the malice of the act despite.

Furthermore, while Medina took the methamphetamine through voluntary action, the following meth-induced haze and the subsequent rape of his newborn child involves one of Aquinas’s identified modifiers of voluntariness, concupiscence. According to Aquinas, concupiscence is a passion that arises due to what is good or pleasurable and this modifier inclines the will to seek what is good. However, the concupiscence or the lust for a delightful, pleasurable activity becomes so intense that it overpowers reason and the subsequent act is appropriately considered as an animal act since it does not originate from the will and reason but entirely from passion. In this particular case, the good that is sought after by Medina is sexual fulfillment which is a pleasurable activity. Yet, it is very possible that the drugs that he has taken has induced a certain state on him, bringing about the the intense, overpowering feelings of lust that eventually leads to the rape of his month-old baby. According to details in the case, because of the powerful effects of the drug and while the baby was crying, Medina testifed that the baby’s sobs becan to sound like the moans from a woman. As a result he was sexually aroused and then forced himself on the infant. As there is no internal act of the will, either of resistance or consent, then the act is neither voluntary or involuntary. Though the act happens in the father, it is not entirely under his rule even if Medina has been abusing the infant before this particular instance.

The agent, Patricio Medina, is morally responsible for both the use of the illegal drug, methamphetamine, while supposedly caring for a defenseless infant child as well as his alleged regular abuse of the child, both of which are voluntary, human acts as explained in the previous paragraphs. The end result that makes up the bulk of the narrative for the analysis comes from a combination of those two instances, the extent and harm of which is further worsened due to the mental state the agent is in while high on drugs, Medina’s concupiscence at the expense of the innocent victim’s health and safety.

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