According to experts, the three indicators of a psychopathic child are bedwetting, cruelty to animals and firestarting.

According to the father of Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback, Michael Vick, his son showed a passion for abusing animals at an early age.

Now that Vick has led the Eagles to an impressive 10-4 record, everyone — including the president of the United States — has forgotten about the victims of this psychopath.

The Internet is buzzing about a phone call that Obama placed to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie praising him for giving the ex-convict a second chance.

Did Obama also place a phone call to the homes of those caring individuals who took in 47 of Vick’s surviving victims, giving them a second chance?

I’m not surprised that Obama — a narcissist — is quick to jump on the Vick bandwagon. Everyone loves a winner — even if that winner is a sociopath who took pleasure in electrocuting, hanging and drowning dogs who didn’t live up to his expectations.

If you care about animals like I do, please read the LA Times’ touching story about Mel, one of Vick’s surviving victims who still suffers from the abuse he endured at the hands of Michael Vick.

Mel (pictured above left) is one of the unfortunate dogs who didn’t measure up to Vick’s brutal standards. Vick beat Mel daily to toughen him up. But Mel failed to display that killer instinct in the ring. As a result, he was mauled nearly to death by the other dogs.

Instead of nursing the injured Mel back to health, Vick threw the terrified animal back into the ring with ferocious dogs to be used as bait — a sort of sparring partner for the tougher dogs. Mel was sometimes even muzzled so he wouldn’t fight back.

While Michael Vick was screaming toward the sky, a black pit bull named Mel was standing quietly by a door.

On this night, like many other nights, Mel was waiting for his owners to take him outside, but he couldn’t alert them with a bark. He doesn’t bark. He won’t bark. The bark has been beaten out of him.

While Michael Vick was running for glory, Mel was cowering toward a wall.

Every time the 4-year-old dog meets a stranger, he goes into convulsions. He staggers back into a wall for protection. He lowers his face and tries to hide. New faces are not new friends, but old terrors.

While Michael Vick was officially outracing his past Monday night, one of the dogs he abused cannot.

“Some people wonder, are we ever going to let Michael Vick get beyond all this?” said Richard Hunter, who owns Mel. “I tell them, let’s let Mel decide that. When he stops shaking, maybe then we can talk.”

The bodies of five Haitian teenagers were found Monday in a Florida motel room by a housemaid who peeked in a window.

The bodies were lying on and around a bed at the El Presidente Motel in Hialeah, Florida just North of Miami near the Miami International airport.

Police say the teens, who rented the $62-a-night room on Sunday to celebrate a friend’s birthday, died from carbon monoxide poisoning after they left a car running in the garage directly beneath their room. The car was still running when police arrived.

“The room is sealed shut like it was an aircraft,” one of the victims’ friends, Junior Reeds, 26, told the Miami Herald. “This is a hotel room. You got to have vents. A minor incident could cause a big tragedy.”

The dead boys are identified as Evans Charles, 19, Jonas Antenor, 18, Peterson Nazon, 17, and Jean Pierre Ferdinand, 16. They came from the neighboring Little Haiti cultural enclave in Miami.

No drugs or alcohol were found in the room.

Carl Zogby, a spokesman for police in Hialeah, Florida, said the deaths: “seems like this is a tragic accident.”

The boys borrowed a Kia from a friend to make the short trip to the motel. About an hour before they arived, the engine was jump started by another friend, identified in the Miami Herald as Maxon Ofea, 18.

Ofea, who grew up with the five dead teenagers, said they had left the car running in the single-car garage under the room because they were afraid it wouldn’t start again.

A door at the base of a staircase leading up to the room from the garage was propped open, allowing deadly odorless gas to seep into the room.

Peterson Nazon’s mother, who arrived from Little Haiti, couldn’t contain her grief at the scene: “They killed my son, they killed my son,” she cried in Creole.

She told the Miami Herald she had been phoning the room all morning. “Nobody answered,” she said.

Little Haiti was established in Miami in the 1980s by Haitian immigrants who arrived by boat after fleeing famine, poverty and persecution in Haiti.

Ironically, Hialeah is where Cuban immigrants settled after fleeing communism in Cuba in the 80s.

According to online reports, police have a person of interest in the shooting death of Traxx owner Durand Robinson.

Robinson, 50, (pictured above left) was found lying in the middle of Hadlock street with a gunshot wound to the chest in the early morning hours of August 25th. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Robinson may have been a victim of a carjacking. The suspect fled the scene in Robinson’s pickup truck, but crashed a few minutes later and fled on foot.

It isn’t clear if the man is currently in police custody.

“I spoke with Major [Keith] Meadows (Major Crimes Commander). He advises we do have person of interest but are withholding the name at this time,” said APD spokesman Sgt. Curtis Davenport in an email to the Georgia Voice.

Even though Durand was one of the key organizers of Atlanta’s annual black gay pride event, he denied being gay himself.

A teenager has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering into Tyler Perry’s home. According to the AJC, Chloe Ware, 18, was caught within moments after breaking into the actor and playwright’s mansion on Paces Ferry in Atlanta.

Perry’s bodyguard caught Ware around 4 a.m. last Thursday, but two others escaped, police said.

Ware was booked and released on her own recognizance. The career criminal has been arrested in the past for auto theft and shoplifting, among other charges.

Perry recently offered to rebuild the burned out home of a 85-year-old Atlanta woman, who narrowly escaped the fire with her 4-year-old great granddaughter.

Speaking of mansions, word has it that music producer-turned-DJ Jermaine Dupri’s Paces Ferry home and studio are headed toward foreclosure. Friends say Dupri, who recently laid off his entire staff at So So Def Records, is hemorrhaging money due to his insatiable appetite for strippers.

I totally agree with loyal reader S S who writes in to ask “does [Seal have] anger towards black women?” It’s quite clear that Seal has unresolved issues by the way he manhandles baby Lou in public. He is never careful with that child. Where in the baby handbook does it say it’s okay to pick up a 1-year-old baby by her arm?

Loyal reader S S writes:

I really thought you were being overly critical of Seal and his daughter. I don’t like to accuse people of stuff like that unless I am certain. However, after careful consideration and more than one photograph he seems unusually angry, annoyed, and too aggressive with his handling of her. I don’t see the same aggression attached to his sons. It is disturbing to say the least and the look on his already scary face is heart breaking. Do you think it is because he has anger towards Black women? I sincerely hope he is not mistreating or abusing her. I will pray for that baby. If he treats her roughly she will think it normal when others do it as she gets older. Not fair.

Have a Fantastic Day!

Rihanna and her BFF Melissa Forde were pictured frolicking on Sandy Lane Beach in Barbados with friends while on holiday. Doesn’t it warm your heart to see Rihanna and her BFF back together again? I bet Matt Kemp is somewhere kicking himself for not being man enough to treat Rihanna like a lady. By the way, I know some things that I wish I could tell you, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy. That’s the flip side of being friendly with celebs and their camps. In 2011, that will change.

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When is singer Seal going to learn how to hold his baby daughter Lou the correct way? This makes the fifth time that Seal has been photographed holding Lou in an unsafe manner. Heidi Klum (not pictured) and Seal took the kids to the Coldwater Park in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday.

Singer Keri Hilson joined pals Alex Gidewon, left, Polow Da Don, right, and Teyana Taylor (pictured below) to celebrate her album release at Compound nightclub on Saturday night in Atlanta. No Boys Allowed is in stores now.

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Teena Marie, known as ‘Lady T,’ died suddenly in her sleep last night at her Pasadena, CA home. Teena’s daughter, Alia Rose, found her body. Ms. Marie was 54.

The body was transported to the L.A. County Coroner’s office where an autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death.

Hours before she died, Teena Marie tweeted this on her Twitter page: Sarah Vaughan “May You never grow old, and may I never die”…

According to TMZ, Teena had a seizure earlier this month, and friends say she had been in and out of the hospital recently.

Marie was nominated for a Grammy four times. Her first top ten hit was “I’m Just a Sucker for Your Love.” She was best known for her classic hits “Lovergirl” and “De Ja Vu (I’ve Been Here Before)” – a song about reincarnation.

According to the Atlanta Journal: “The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture — and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences.”

“Overall my race hasn’t been a problem. I’m a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what’s in your own soul,” she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting “Congo Square.” That album would turn out to be her last.

Tributes from Around the Web

Teena Marie, known as ‘Ivory Queen of Soul,’ dies – AJC

Singer Teena Marie dead at 54 – CNN

R&B Star and ‘Lovergirl’ Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54 – PopEater

R.I.P. Teena Marie: Celebs Remember The Legendary Singer On Twitter – VIBE

‘Lovergirl’ Singer Teena Marie Dies Huffington Post

Remembering Teena Marie: A few choice jams from the ’80s funk – LATimes Blog

Pitchfork: Teena Marie R.I.P. – Pitchfork

Farewell To Teena Marie, The ‘Ivory Queen Of Soul’? – NPR

‘Lovergirl’ Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54 – TMZ

R.I.P. Teena Marie – Rap Radar

Soul Singer Teena Marie Dies at 54 – Rap-Up.com

Blue-Eyed Soul Singer Teena Marie Dies – The Root

R&B Superstar Teena Marie Dead at 54 – BlackAmericaWeb

Songs That Sample Teena Marie – The Urban Daily

Singer Teena Marie Dead At 54 – Hello Beautiful

Teena Marie & Rick James “Fire And Desire” LIVE – The Life Files

R&B Legend Teena Marie Found Dead – RandB

Dejected music producer Kanye West watched the LA Lakers lose to the blazing Miami Heat yesterday at the Staples center in Los Angeles. Kanye had two reasons to be depressed: the Lakers lost to Miami, and he just heard that rap newcomer Nicki Minaj’s debut album Pink Friday will outsell his critically acclaimed CD by another 100,000 copies. That’s got to be hard on a narcissist.

Dwyane Wade’s fashionable concubine, Gabrielle Union, was spotted entering the arena with a friend. Gabby looked fly coming and going.

R&B Diva Monica tweeted this pic of herself and Kanye during the game yesterday. Monica’s children, Melo and Rod (formerly, Lil Rocko), spent Christmas Eve with their dad, Rocko Da Don, taking pictures with Santa Clause at Lenox Mall in Atlanta before the kids flew to LA with Mo to spend Christmas day with their stepdad, Shannon Brown. I hear that Rocko is spending a lot more time with his kids lately. He’s a great dad.

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I LOVE Monica’s short haircut! I’ve noticed more and more sistas discarding the horse weave for cute, short haircuts. This short hair trend is inspiring.

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Actress Regina King (‘Boondocks’ and TNT’s ‘Southland’), spent the holidays with her son Ian Alexander Jr., left, and her boyfriend, actor Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show). They enjoyed a leisurely walk on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Friday. King filed for divorce from Ian’s dad on November 8, 2006, citing “physical abuse, drug use, and extramarital affairs.” I’m sure Warner is a better man.

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