Boy, Age 2, Dies After Father Stole $150,000 Raised for Treatment and Blew It On Hookers, Liquor, Drugs and Hotels
Christians (such as but not limited to Al Mohler) and my fellow conservatives often like to claim that “family values” and parenthood and marriage are all necessary to make society better, and to make people into loving, mature, godly, and/or ethical adults. But the Nuclear Family, parenthood, and marriage does none of those things. Here’s yet another example.
October 23, 2019
A toddler who suffered from a neuromuscular disorder died last week in Brazil after his father allegedly stole the cash raised for his treatment and spent it on wild parties.
Two-year-old João Miguel Alves passed away October 17 following a lengthy battle with Spinal Muscular Atrophy [AME].
His father, Mateus Henrique Leroy Alves, 37, was arrested July 22, a week after his wife reported him to the police.
He was found at a luxury hotel where he had been staying at for almost two months having spent $150,000 on designer clothes, watches, drugs, hookers and booze, local media reports.
Doctors diagnosed João Miguel with AME as a seven-month-old baby.
Mateus and his wife, Karine Rodrigues, took to social media in 2018 to raise money for their sick son’s treatment.
Each dose of the drug Spinraza cost $90,500 and works to prevent the disease from advancing.
It took the family almost a year to raise $248,00, some of which was gathered thanks to a marathon held in Conselheiro Lafaiete, the family’s hometown in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.
By May, Mateus already was planning on how ditch his wife of 13 years, his ill toddler and the couple’s 10-year-old son, according to Brazilian outlet Pleno.
He told his Rodrigues that he was leaving for Belo Horizante to undergo training for a security guard job and only returned twice to visit.
The money the family raised was deposited into four accounts, two of which were managed by Rodrigues and two under Mateus’ name.
Rodrigues became suspicious after she noticed numerous large withdrawals and bank transfers.
…It took João Miguel until August to receive the first dose of Spinraza after the government agreed to cover the cost of the child’s first three treatments.
João Miguel unexpectedly died at his home last week.