Should a parent be prosecuted...

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Should a parent be prosecuted...
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Thu, 06-27-2013 - 4:18pm

if they leave their child in a locked car and it results in their death?

The Huffington Post recently had an article about it, and they referenced a Washington Post article, I've included links to both:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/what-parent-leaves-child-in-broiling-car_n_3497956.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/27/AR2009022701549_5.html?sid=ST2009030602446

What do you think? 

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Registered: 06-27-2013
Thu, 06-27-2013 - 4:25pm

Only if you're going to start prosecuting parents for all accidental deaths of children. What about SIDS when the baby is placed on the tummy instead of back? Or accidental drowning? In the case of the Dad who was passed out drunk? That man should be prosecuted because his drinking endangered/ended the life of his kid. Measurable negligence was involved in that case. But in most cases, I think the loss of the child is punishment enough.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Thu, 06-27-2013 - 4:30pm

It should be handled on a case by case basis, IMO. 

There is a woman in my hometown that left a small child in a hot car b/c her mind was elsewhere, That baby died.  That story made national headlines, Oprah and everything.  My sisters know her and she will live with that nightmare for the rest of her life. 

Abandonment/abuse/neglect are all wrong but I don't think all cases should be treated equal. 

 


 


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Registered: 10-06-2010
Thu, 06-27-2013 - 5:59pm

I think the parents that do that suffer enough.   A criminal conviction doesn't serve anyone any good. 

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Registered: 03-22-2013
Thu, 06-27-2013 - 6:22pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>It should be handled on a case by case basis, IMO. </p><p>There is a woman in my hometown that left a small child in a hot car b/c her mind was elsewhere, That baby died.  That story made national headlines, Oprah and everything.  My sisters know her and she will live with that nightmare for the rest of her life. </p><p>Abandonment/abuse/neglect are all wrong but I don't think all cases should be treated equal. </p>

This.  I agree with all of this.

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Thu, 06-27-2013 - 6:37pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
It should be handled on a case by case basis, IMO. There is a woman in my hometown that left a small child in a hot car b/c her mind was elsewhere, That baby died.  That story made national headlines, Oprah and everything.  My sisters know her and she will live with that nightmare for the rest of her life. Abandonment/abuse/neglect are all wrong but I don't think all cases should be treated equal.

I agree.  If two parents get confused about who has the baby and the baby ends up locked in a hot car all day and dies, it's a tragic accident.  If a parent knowingly leaves his or her child in the car to get a manicure or attend a baseball game and the child dies, then yes, charges should be brought against him or her.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Thu, 06-27-2013 - 7:34pm

  All are accidents.  Unforeseeable events occur that is life.   It is never appropriate to prosecute.

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