Oh for God’s sake


Oh noooo!

Oh noooo!

Mother jailed, daughter placed in protective care, because the nine-year-old was allowed to play in the local park, unsupervised.

Generations of children have played in parks without their parents; hell, we even played in woods without our parents, without incident. Despite what idiot policemen (and the reporters of this story, who have the mother right up there with Charles Manson in terms of depraved indifference), there has been no increase in stranger-abductions of children since records began being kept in the 1950s. What has changed is the incessant, national media reporting of the crimes which are still minuscule (the vast, vast majority of child abductions are actually custodial disputes between parents, and an even larger percentage turn out to be runaways).

You can’t expect our current class of citizens to know this, but when even the police join in the hysteria, it’s pathetic.


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21 responses to “Oh for God’s sake

  1. burningmadolf

    Funny, I was just thinking of how we used to use a pool at a private school in a neighboring town and 4 of us boys would ride our bikes to get there. ALONE! We were 9. I am always teasing my mother about how she’d be in jail today for the things we were allowed to do.

  2. Lauren

    overprotective laws; unrealistic.

  3. Monody

    It is amazing how our thought pattern has changed though. I saw a kid about 5yo riding his bike on a narrow back road. My first thought, where is this boys mother??? Then, I came to my senses and thought, where is this boys mother so I can shake her hand!

  4. probably time for the government to step in and establish minimum parental standards – too many amateurs out there.


    • anonymoo

      A kid died in a hot car in Ridgefield last week. Dad forgot, he said. Very little news about that story however even though Dad worked for a CT Fox News channel. I wonder what makes or breaks the police arresting the parent. Negligence is negligence. Dead is dead.

      • Peg

        anonmoo – Although I have never known anyone directly who did this – I am aware of a friend of a friend. Guy was a “regular guy” – hard working, loved his kids, etc. What often happens is that a regular schedule gets changed, the parent who normally doesn’t have the child may be overworked or have a great deal on his mind… and suddenly, a tragedy occurs. Yes, it IS a tragedy – not a crime.

        I sure would like someone to come up with a cheap and easy invention to stick into your car so that it would clearly alert you if you were to do this.

        You can continue to say “negligence” – but – how many of us have made errors from forgetfulness, stress, fatigue, etc? “There but for the grace of God go I” – is my opinion of it all.

        • anonymoo

          I’ve made many errors from stress and fatigue. But my child is still alive. I’m sorry, but I have zero sympathy with this kind of tragedy. The death is slow and miserable for the child strapped in. I can’t even imagine the horribleness.

          I can maybe grant you the forgetfulness of a cell phone left in the car, or a pocketbook left at a restaurant, and even if you forget your child as you get out of the car, but hours go by and there’s no oops moment? Several cases recently have been when a parent was scheduled to drop the child off at day care and didn’t. I’d think in today’s day and age, when a child doesn’t show up, the care center calls or texts a parent. Parent A says Parent B has him. Calls. Death averted. What am I missing?

  5. Libertarian Advocate

    The Deirdre Imus Indoctrination Center for Helicopter Parenting will correct your errant freedom loving ways wayward one.

  6. Anonymous

    FYI there is a blog for the common sense side of this phenomenon: Free Range Kids, http://www.freerangekids.com/

    Better check it out before some government agency declares it a “hate” speech.

  7. Peg

    Why should parents have their kids learn how to do things on their own, become independent and problem solvers? After all – they have DA GOVERNMENT to take care of ’em forever!

  8. Greenwich Gal

    Deirdre Imus – who happens to make me crazy – I turn off the radio when she comes on – happens to also let her little boy ride the rodeo circuit. Now that is dangerous. But apparently he is quite good. I am guessing however there is more danger to be found in bull roping than there is in, say, a jar of Cheez Whiz….

  9. I would also like to mention that I once forgot to put the brake on my child’s stroller on top of a large hill and I turned around to speak to someone and whoosh – there my baby went flying down the hill, ready to go into a lake. I could not begin to catch up with the stroller and I screamed and fortunately a quick thinking groundskeeper ran over and caught the stroller before it careened into the water. Disaster averted. By luck.
    We have all heard of these terrible stories. Remember the Greenwich mom who ran over her third grader? So horrible. Most of these are terrible accidents. So, I’m with Peg on this – there but for the grace of God….
    However – the Atlanta baby death story sounds terribly NOT like an accident.

    • Peg

      The Atlanta baby death was murder – of the most heinous sort and one I cannot possibly fathom.

      The others? As Greenwich Gal describes, really nothing more nor less than human error that we all make throughout our lives…. the primary difference being that this sort of error has catastrophic consequences and the others …. not.


  10. midcountry momma

    So I can let my 9 year old cross the desert into a foreign country unaccompanied without fear of arrest….but I can’t send them to a nearby park? Wow.

  11. Anonymous Citizenette

    No wonder today’s kids can’t fight their way out of a paper bag. My mom put us out of the house in the morning during summer and we only returned for lunch & dinner. Rode our bikes all over town, spent hours in the woods and built forts, picked wild raspberries, and worst of all, spent endless hours at the duck pond totally unsupervised. OMG, how did we survive!

  12. the vast, vast majority of child abductions are actually custodial disputes between parents, and an even larger percentage turn out to be runaways). C’mon CF!

    • Okay, poorly written – I must have been channeling Car Talk’s “third half” segment or, for that matter, soccer’s. Point I was trying (badly) to make is that, of the 800,000 or so missing children reported each year, only 100 are actual stranger abductions. I can only blame my mangled syntax o just-recovered memory of childhood abuse.