Monday's child abandonment story generated a lively debate on the Free Press website. In fact, things got so heated, we eventually had to turn off comments. Here's a sampling of what commenters were saying:
No excuse for this, but if her child has been taken from her perhaps in this case that might be punishment enough?
The mother was wrong to leave her child alone for such a long period of time but I imagine these legal proceedings are more than adequate punishment for what she did. Leaving her with a criminal record and jail time served, serves no further purpose.
What a ridiculous defense; the child didn't get harmed. That's like saying you can drink and drive as long as you don't hit anything on the way home.
-- Everybody Up
I would suspect a lot of laws were broken here. I do think the mother should be found innocent. The child was not harmed by the mothers actions. The child was harmed willfully by denying the mother child bond to continue.
This is the absolute definition of nanny state. I have no idea how humans evolved as far as we have without this sort of government assistance.
-- Time Lord
My parents would have spent their child-rearing lives in jail. "Go to the park and play with your friends." And there we would all gather. Sometimes a parent would be there and sometimes not. Meanwhile there were 50 kids of all ages running around enjoying themselves while unsupervised.
I am a little perplexed. At six years of age I was walking by myself to and from school every day (more than one half mile) in temperatures that would frequently drop to -40 degrees. My father would check for wolf or bear prints near the house in the snow before work and then report back to my mother it was fine to let us go to school. My neighbors did more or less the same. Were our parents criminals?
-- Old Flin Flon
Anyone over the age of 25 will remember times when they didn't have a drone hovering over their heads every minute of the day and we came out fine. I walked home from school (as did all of my friends) every day from the time I was in kindergarten till I graduated -- were my parents and my friends' parents guilty of child abandonment? We have to quit imposing our ideas of parenting -- typically ideas created by people of middle-class or higher incomes on everyone else. The rest of the world reads these articles and laughs at us.
She made a bad decision, and yes, bad things could have happened. They didn't. With all of the real problems in the world, the children who are really abandoned, the unfathomable backlog of our courts and the severe overloading of CFS, how does this case take precedence? Answer: it doesn't. Let it go.