I spent the night looking after my toddler at his grandparents' place while the rest of the family took part in a party on the other side of the house. My son's young cousin was supposed to be sleeping at the room next to him.
I woke up to find my son naked in his bed. His clothes were pulled off him, the quilt pulled away from him, and he was shivering in bed - too tired to try and rescue himself. He did complain about ear pain, though.
Eventually I pieced the puzzle out: the cousin was the one who went to my son's room and undressed him. Not only that, she stuck a small bead very tightly into my son's ear; it took me a while and it took some considerable effort to ply it out.
Reporting this so shortly after seeing my son in the helpless form he was in is very hard; I keep seeing his shivering naked body before my eyes. When I see the cousin it feels as if I am looking at the devil, not at another small child suffering from what I suspect is a bout of jealousy. I can't see how I am going to allow her near my son ever again, but it appears as if the rest of the family does not share this sentiment of mine. It appears this is the price to pay for being the only one to see their own son in the helpless position he was in.
I suspect one of the things upsetting me the most is the fact this whole affair took place on my watch. How was I supposed to suspect such malice?