Originally Posted by Softmama
"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.