Point well taken in defense of the Pastor, sebekm.
I would like to point out the fact that one of the earlier articles in the Courier described the tragic death of the 3 year old child, as well as her parents tendency to leave her locked in the bathroom while the father went to work and the mother went to school. From what the paper reported, Andraia died after her father entered the bathroom after the child inadvertantly flooded the bathroom due to filling the toilet with bathroom tissue, and he 'disciplined' her by placing her in the bathtub and dumping the toilet water over her head. Each time she tried to get out, he knocked her back in.
As far as the "diminutive term" of "Miss" here in the Southern states - it is used typically as a form of respect to older adult females. Or that has been my experience over the past 30 years of living in the southern states. Thanks for your comments.
Respectfully ~ Gypsy
The sad part is, we used to have a way of dealing with pieces of trash like that. As arcane as it sounds, a little what is good for the goose is good for the gander is suitable for this situation. Pat Benatar wrote a beautiful song called "Suffer the Litte Children" that regards child abuse. It seems we latch on to I dare say "little" things but turn a blind eye to real tragedy. We all have a responsibility to stand up for those that cannot stand up for themselves.