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post #141 of 145
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You're an odd one for me to understand, erin_d_a.
darn and you were the one I was trying to impress. Shoot, guess I failed.
post #142 of 145
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Originally Posted by erin_d_a View Post
darn and you were the one I was trying to impress. Shoot, guess I failed.
Well, at least you're willing to own up!

I wonder what it's like when you're NOT trying to impress anyone.
post #143 of 145
As far as this Ohio lady (brenda the doughnut lady) I feel she should be charged for being negligent. If you look at the video from the doughnut shop, didn't she leave the baby in the car there too? This is why I think it's good that it is illegal to go more than 10 feet from teh car in CA and leave child in car. If you do it often it becomes a bad habit and then it is easy to forget about the child because you are used to going into places without your child in your arms or following behind you.

It's crazy that she is eager to go back to work. I don't think I could bear to return to the spot my child died by my negligence every day.
post #144 of 145
I'm going with YES I think the parents should be charged. I have never forgotten one of my kids but I am not someone who doesn't understand how that happens. I do understand it. I am TERRIFIED of doing it. I check my kids car seats compulsively. If I ever do forget, I think I would deserve to be charged.
to respond to the following:
"So any time a child dies while in the care of his parents the parents should be charged with a crime and let a trial by jury work it out?"
I'd say yeah. that's kind of the whole point.
I also agree with the person who said being held accountable would help them deal with it.
I don't think thats too harsh. If a child dies, there needs to be someone looking into the death.
post #145 of 145
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Originally Posted by Softmama View Post
"So any time a child dies while in the care of his parents the parents should be charged with a crime and let a trial by jury work it out?"
I'd say yeah. that's kind of the whole point.
I also agree with the person who said being held accountable would help them deal with it.
I don't think thats too harsh. If a child dies, there needs to be someone looking into the death.
I agree that someone needs to be looking into the death -- but an automatic charge of murder or manslaughter? Do you realize how that affects the other children in the home? CPS won't currently let children stay with parents who've been charged with the death of a child.

I know I keep going over the CPS thing -- but it seems awfully uncaring to say "any time a child dies while in the care of his parents the parents should be charged with a crime and let a trial by jury work it out."

When you say any time a child dies, this includes all manner of accidents and illnesses. Things the parent may not have even been able to prevent. To automatically slap a criminal charge on all such cases (I guess even SIDS deaths) is to automatically jerk the surviving (and grieving) siblings away from their parents.

I don't see how this kind of "accountability" would "help me deal with" my child's death. It would just create more pain for my family, more issues to deal with in working to get my other child home, and, once she's home, to help her work through the trauma of spending months in foster care.

An automatic charge doesn't necessarily mean a prison term for the parents -- but it does mean an automatic imprisonment (of sorts) for the other children in the home. They're the ones being punished.
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