I’m sorry mama… I didn’t mean to get you time
Earlier this month Judith Scruggs was convicted on risk to injury of minor after her 12-year-old son killed himself. She faces up to 10 years in prison. From the reports she was a working-class single mom, kept a messy house and allowed her son to miss school when he complained about being bullied and *gasp* worked two jobs.
Less than a week later, Kim Brathwaite was arrested when her two kids died in a fire in the home and it was discovered that she left them home alone to go to her night job at McDonald’s where she had just gotten promoted to night manager. She also faces significant jail time.
Who can forget Regina McKnight, who is serving a 12-year prison term, for “homicide by child abuse” because she used cocaine during her pregnancy and delivered a stillborn?
I remember in the late 90s when there were seemingly endless media reports about abandoned newborns and the ongoing police search for “the mother.” “Police are still looking for the mother” said the reporter sternly looking into the camera.
HA! Well, now it seems we’ve found her! There she is! Off at her jobs, not forcing her teenage son into showers, delivering dead babies — we’ve gotcha!
Who has lost sight of the big picture here? These women didn’t intend for their children to die. (When moms intend to kill their kids, it’s usually easy to tell. Isn’t it?
No doubt there is an overwhelming desire to ‘do something’ when a child dies. It’s always tragic. But sometimes the thing to do is let a mother grieve, not read her Miranda warnings.
New Blogger, Rick, writes about the Brathwaite case here. Check it out and if you live in New York (or not) send your thoughts to Mayor Mike via Rick’s link.