posted on May, 3 2012 @ 06:13 AM
Leaving a two-month old baby in a swing seems to me reckless.
Maybe people remember a similar horror story from NY about 30 years ago. A very young single mother left her baby alone in a room with her starving
dog while she went out shopping - and the dog killed and tried to eat the baby. When that story first hit the papers people practically wanted to
lynch the mother.
Then the full story came out slowly. The girl was all alone in the world, she had been made pregnant by rape, she had been robbed of nearly all her
possessions. She had been reduced to living in an absolutely bare one-room apartment, with absolutely no furniture - not a table, chair, dresser,
telephone, nor even a bed - sleeping on a mattress on the floor. She had taken in a puppy dog for companionship and maybe to protect her from further
rape and robbery. She did not know any of her neighbors and she had no friends in the city.
When she went into labor, she had left the dog locked in the apartment. When she came home from the hospital with the baby three days later, the dog
was starving and there were no groceries. She had no choice but to leave the newborn baby on the mattress on the floor of the same single room with
the dog while she went out to get food for the dog, the baby and herself. And that's when it happened.
Puts a new complexion on it.
Also a couple of years ago Gene Weingarten, a humor writer for the Washington Post, got a Pulitzer for a very non-humorous article about those horror
stories of parents who forget their babies sleeping in the car, and the kid dies when the car gets hot and stuffy. Weingarten pointed out that the
govt and everybody else has fixed it so that car baby carriers (1) are in the back seat, and (2) facing backward, so it's painfully easy for a
relatively new parent to succumb to habit and forget that the baby is in the car.