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Child Care Ain’t What It Used to Be

dayCare.jpgIn Florida (of course), a 15-year-old girl has been charged with felony child abuse after allegedly smoking up with the child she was babysitting. The brilliant girl even posted a picture of her smoking pot with the kid on her MySpace page. She’s currently been charged as a juvenile, although the state attorney’s office may decide to charge her as an adult instead.

This story would seem to suggest that kids are better off with their parents but — hold on there, because an Indiana story begs to differ. Indianapolis is where we find Holly Schnobrich charged with public intoxication and two counts of felony neglect. The 24-year-old woman was wacked out on meds, having taking Percocet and sleeping pills. Unable to drive her car, she turned the wheel over to her 5-year-old son. When a neighbor asked her if her toddler was driving the car, Schnobrich responded by saying, “He’s a good driver.” Since he didn’t crash the car, I guess this is true.

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Glad you picked up on this report, Seth, and the other one you included, too. My longtime research interest is in child abuse and the myriad ways it occurs outside of the generally understood forms. The public's opinion is often difficult to comprehend, as in the recent cases of child "accidentally" killing himself in PA...with a loaded gun that sat around the house unsecured for a year. Locals and prosecutors insist there is no crime in that. On the other hand,also recently, but in Ohio, a woman left her toddler locked in a car for 8 hours on a hot day. The child died. The mother explained that she went in to work and forgot the child was in the back seat of the car. Locals here want her charged with manslaughter. I'm at http://www.ChildPersonFromTheSouth@Blogspot.com if you're interested...but be forwarned, I'm under construction.
Take care,
Nancy Lee