A 3-year-old Brooklyn boy is apparently terrified to leave his house after a group of thugs robbed a $400 chain he was wearing while in the lobby of his apartment on Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed-Stuy late Tuesday night.
If the New York Post won’t just come out and say it, we will: his parents, Pedro Hernandez and Riyana Guerrero, are just as responsible for their son’s fear as the creeps who robbed him.
Yes, we said it.
No, Harvey Hernandez’s parents didn’t physically lift the chain from the
boy. Nor did they put the creeps who did up to it. That said, blinging
out your baby is (ahem) adorable, and all, but who in their right mind
lets their 3-year-old out of the house wearing $400 worth of anything?
In Bed-Stuy, no less? He’s fucking 3!
Further, the robbery happened at 11:45 p.m., which raises the obvious
question: why wasn’t this kid in bed? Again, he’s fucking 3!
“I said to him, ‘Let’s go to the park,’ and he said, ‘No,’ ” Pedro Hernandez told the Post following the robbery.
That’s heartbreaking — it is — but the kid wouldn’t be terrified if he
hadn’t been robbed. He wouldn’t have been robbed if he wasn’t wearing
robbery bait around his neck in the middle of a bad neighborhood.
The chain was apparently a christening gift, which raises yet another
obvious question: who in their right mind gives a 3-year-old a $400
chain as a christening gift? Regardless, Harvey’s parents are on the
hook for decking the boy out in a $400 chain and taking him out in a bad neighborhood late at night — what did they think was gonna happen?
As much as it pains us, we’ll quote Keanu Reaves in the 1989 film Parenthood: “You need a license to buy a dog, or drive a car. Hell, you need a
license to catch a fish! But they’ll let any butt-reaming asshole be a [parent].”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 16, 2012