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2014-07-15 01:13:47 AM  
I don't know. When I was a kid i remember going to the park. Soon after Adam West as Batman was on TV I bought a Batman kite and I know that I went to fly it all alone without getting parental supervision.
 
2014-07-15 07:34:27 AM  
She probably would have been okay if she'd left the girl at home. There doesn't appear to be a hard line rule in South Carolina, but they generally use 9 as the age below which you aren't allowed to leave a child home alone. Link
 
2014-07-15 08:12:31 AM  
I was left home and went to the park to play while mom was at work.  I wasn't kidnapped.

Stupid nanny state.
 
2014-07-15 08:18:11 AM  

labman: I was left home and went to the park to play while mom was at work.  I wasn't kidnapped.

Stupid nanny state.


You're a boy.

Misleading headline trollmitter.
 
2014-07-15 08:53:48 AM  
I love the helpful link to childcare assistance, which I'm sure this mother doesn't qualify for.

I was there, I know.
 
2014-07-15 09:02:23 AM  

JoieD'Zen: labman: I was left home and went to the park to play while mom was at work.  I wasn't kidnapped.

Stupid nanny state.

You're a boy.

Misleading headline trollmitter.


Hey now, boys get kidnapped and sexually assaulted too. Maybe he was just unattractive.
 
2014-07-15 09:02:56 AM  

North Augusta


"The normally reserved Augusta crowd... going wild..."

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-15 09:04:24 AM  
I know some neighborhoods in Dallas where they'd have to arrest every single person in the entire neighborhood...
 
2014-07-15 09:04:39 AM  
I recall being 8-9 and leaving my parent's house in the summer at 9am, and not coming home again until lunch, then heading back out until dinner.  My mom probably couldn't have told you where I was if you paid her, and this was the age before cell phones.
 
2014-07-15 09:05:45 AM  
Why do they always find the stupidest random off-the-street people to interview about these things and why am I supposed to care about their opinions?
 
2014-07-15 09:05:46 AM  
I was allowed to walk around the neighborhood when I was in 1st grade.
This was Malden, MA, in 1980-1981.

Crime statistics have since plummeted, but my coworkers are still scared shiatless of letting their kids leave the house.
 
2014-07-15 09:06:12 AM  
so instead of trying to help solve the problem they throw the mother in jail and put the child in foster care which will probably cost the taxpayers more than 5 summers worth of daycare. Sounds like a fiscal conservativism in action.
 
2014-07-15 09:07:07 AM  
Letting your kid play video games & stuff their face for 8 hours - still ok right?
 
2014-07-15 09:08:05 AM  
"We understand you might be a difficult situation, but we're going to make it a whole lot harder for no particular reason other than we're worried and something MIGHT happen"
 
2014-07-15 09:08:08 AM  
Apparently the local public safety functionary wisely determined the only safe place for miles around is in the donut shop.
 
2014-07-15 09:10:04 AM  
How dare this woman be too poor to afford a full time nanny?
 
2014-07-15 09:11:47 AM  
Letting your kid play video games & stuff their face for 8 hours - still ok right?

But of course. Out of sight, out of mind.
 
2014-07-15 09:14:34 AM  
If Walmart and McDonald's hadn't joined forces to destroy this child's life, the poor lady would still be enjoying her life of leisure.
 
2014-07-15 09:14:44 AM  
The 9 year old would eat lunch at a Walmart McDonald's a mile and a half away.

I'm gathering this little girl is somewhat sophisticated for her age.
If the mother thought she was fine to stay in the park all day, I'm wondering why she couldn't have been trusted to stay at home as well.
 
2014-07-15 09:16:25 AM  
Nuke everyone of the mother*ckers that ratted on her. I suppose they would rather she didn't f*cking work? F*ck these assholes.

/rant over
 
2014-07-15 09:18:18 AM  

corn-bread: The 9 year old would eat lunch at a Walmart McDonald's a mile and a half away.

I'm gathering this little girl is somewhat sophisticated for her age.
If the mother thought she was fine to stay in the park all day, I'm wondering why she couldn't have been trusted to stay at home as well.


Raided mom's stash one time too many?
 
2014-07-15 09:19:19 AM  
 
2014-07-15 09:19:27 AM  
Another feral child.

Crank up "Straight to Hell" in tribute.
 
2014-07-15 09:19:53 AM  
Not that I was there, but how the world has changed. This was normal behavior forty years ago; now it's criminal?

It's still normal behavior in much of the world.
 
2014-07-15 09:23:21 AM  
 
2014-07-15 09:24:12 AM  
What needs to happen is public shaming of some public officials.
 
2014-07-15 09:25:04 AM  

labman: I was left home and went to the park to play while mom was at work.  I wasn't kidnapped.

Stupid nanny state.


Well, I'm convinced.

Ironclad argument is ironclad.
 
2014-07-15 09:27:43 AM  
Why doesn't she just ask the father to look after the kid?

Oh, right.
 
2014-07-15 09:28:15 AM  

Headso: so instead of trying to help solve the problem they throw the mother in jail and put the child in foster care which will probably cost the taxpayers more than 5 summers worth of daycare. Sounds like a fiscal conservativism in action.


THIS SO VERY MUCH.
 
2014-07-15 09:29:03 AM  

Rev.K: labman: I was left home and went to the park to play while mom was at work.  I wasn't kidnapped.

Stupid nanny state.

Well, I'm convinced.

Ironclad argument is ironclad.


Crime stats are at an all-time low. Abductions are usually done by non-custodial parents, not random strangers. Playing the paranoid parent will stunt the development of 999 children for every one that it saves from some kind of assault*.

*not counting the harm by do-gooders and their busybody public official buddies.
 
2014-07-15 09:29:20 AM  

BullBearMS: Failure to be a helicopter parent is now a crime:

What started out as a normal Sunday morning for Jeffrey Williamson of Blanchester, Ohio, turned into a nightmare when police officers showed up to his front door and arrested him in front of his family. His crime? Child endangerment-as the authorities described it-because his son skipped church to go play with friends. He now faces up to six months in jail.

According to Williamson, the local Woodville Baptist Church sends a van to his neighborhood twice a week to offer free transportation to those interested in attending services. Williamson's children ride the van regularly on Wednesdays and Sundays. This morning was no different, as his eight-year-old son Justin and siblings said goodbye to their father and left their house to board the van.

One problem: Justin skipped church and went to play instead.

The young boy stayed in the neighborhood to play with friends and then later ended up at the local Family Dollar store down the road. After police officers were called to the store by a customer who recognized Justin, they took him back to his neighborhood where they proceeded to arrest his father for child endangerment.


God, that is farking stupid.  Kids will always do stuff like that.  How was he supposed to know?  Hope the father lawyers up and goes after the dumba*s police.
 
2014-07-15 09:29:31 AM  

devildog123: I recall being 8-9 and leaving my parent's house in the summer at 9am, and not coming home again until lunch, then heading back out until dinner.  My mom probably couldn't have told you where I was if you paid her, and this was the age before cell phones.


This...

Cubicle Jockey: I was allowed to walk around the neighborhood when I was in 1st grade.
This was Malden, MA, in 1980-1981.

Crime statistics have since plummeted, but my coworkers are still scared shiatless of letting their kids leave the house.



...and this.


There were about 800,000 children reported missing each year, a vast majority of which are teenage runaways.
Of actual kidnappings by streangers, there were 115.
More than 90% of the "missing" children are back home within 24 hours.
 
2014-07-15 09:30:50 AM  

BullBearMS: Another story gave more details. Their house had recently been broken into.

Here are the facts: Debra Harrell works at McDonald's in North Augusta, South Carolina. For most of the summer, her daughter had stayed there with her, playing on a laptop that Harrell had scrounged up the money to purchase. (McDonald's has free WiFi.) Sadly, the Harrell home was robbed and the laptop stolen, so the girl asked her mother if she could be dropped off at the park to play instead.

Harrell said yes. She gave her daughter a cell phone. The girl went to the park-a place so popular that at any given time there are about 40 kids frolicking-two days in a row. There were swings, a "splash pad," and shade. On her third day at the park, an adult asked the girl where her mother was. At work, the daughter replied.

The shocked adult called the cops. Authorities declared the girl "abandoned" and proceeded to arrest the mother.



That's from the Reason link that went red yesterday.


I certainly think the mom took several steps to ensure her daughter's safety. She picked a busy park, she gave her a cell phone, she would see her at lunch. The mom clearly gives a sh*t.

This is obviously a tough situation where mom has to work and has no means to get childcare while she's working. Maybe 9 is old enough, maybe it isn't.

I don't think many people would leave their 9 year old at a park all day while they went to work if there was any way they could avoid it.
 
2014-07-15 09:32:03 AM  
 "what if a man would have came and just snatched her because you have all kinds of trucks that come up in here so you really don't know."

Only men abduct children.
Only men drive trucks.
Truck Drivers abduct children.
The more you know.

People are assholes.
 
2014-07-15 09:32:18 AM  
There are certain gated communities where you shouldn't let your children walk around eating skittles.
 
2014-07-15 09:32:25 AM  
I like the "what if" statement, problem with our people is they live in a what if world. What if nothing happened to her and she ended up being fine all along, is not a viable question in today's time, it is always that a worse case scenario that is valid question.
 
2014-07-15 09:32:28 AM  
Cullum said, "what if a man would have came and just snatched her because you have all kinds of trucks that come up in here so you really don't know."

Maybe this is one of them parks that doesn't have trees and playthings but where people park trucks. Southern English?
 
2014-07-15 09:32:52 AM  
First I read this:


Cullum said, "what if a man would have came and just snatched her because you have all kinds of trucks that come up in here so you really don't know."

...and then I read this:

The girl is in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

...and I thought, "Well, that's exactly what did happen.
 
2014-07-15 09:33:04 AM  

LemSkroob: Why doesn't she just ask the father to look after the kid?

Oh, right.


I wouldn't lay 100% blame on her.  Babby Daddys are notorious for running off and not paying child support and doing absolutely nothing in the way of parenting.  50/50
 
2014-07-15 09:34:14 AM  
FTFA:  Cullum said, "what if a man would have came and just snatched her because you have all kinds of trucks that come up in here so you really don't know."

Okay Miss Cullum.  Please instruct the class on how many children in the country, state, county, city have been snatched by men in the last year.  How many of those were by non-custodial parents and how many were by scary pedophile men?  How does that compare to the number of children playing at any given time.

Be prepared to show your work.
 
2014-07-15 09:34:35 AM  

DubtodaIll: "We understand you might be a difficult situation, but we're going to make it a whole lot harder for no particular reason other than we're worried and something MIGHT happen"


Isn't that what all laws are for?
 
2014-07-15 09:35:43 AM  
The problem is there is no Six Flags near her.  In Atlanta she would just buy a Six Flags season pass and drop her kid off at the gate on the way to work.
 
2014-07-15 09:36:06 AM  
9 year olds can follow basic instructions like "Stay in the park until I come get you." Well, the smart ones can. Darwin gets the rest.

My poor mom 'assumed' I was a lot of places. A kid's itinerary changes a lot.
 
2014-07-15 09:36:59 AM  

Rev.K: BullBearMS: Another story gave more details. Their house had recently been broken into.

Here are the facts: Debra Harrell works at McDonald's in North Augusta, South Carolina. For most of the summer, her daughter had stayed there with her, playing on a laptop that Harrell had scrounged up the money to purchase. (McDonald's has free WiFi.) Sadly, the Harrell home was robbed and the laptop stolen, so the girl asked her mother if she could be dropped off at the park to play instead.

Harrell said yes. She gave her daughter a cell phone. The girl went to the park-a place so popular that at any given time there are about 40 kids frolicking-two days in a row. There were swings, a "splash pad," and shade. On her third day at the park, an adult asked the girl where her mother was. At work, the daughter replied.

The shocked adult called the cops. Authorities declared the girl "abandoned" and proceeded to arrest the mother.


That's from the Reason link that went red yesterday.


I certainly think the mom took several steps to ensure her daughter's safety. She picked a busy park, she gave her a cell phone, she would see her at lunch. The mom clearly gives a sh*t.

This is obviously a tough situation where mom has to work and has no means to get childcare while she's working. Maybe 9 is old enough, maybe it isn't.

I don't think many people would leave their 9 year old at a park all day while they went to work if there was any way they could avoid it.



And this is the formula that makes welfare-for-lifers. Its easier to get on the dole than do the right thing.
 
2014-07-15 09:37:26 AM  

Wolf892: If you're too poor to feed em you're too poor to breed em.


The irony is it's actually the opposite: If you're too poor to feed 'em, you were too poor to afford birth control too.
 
2014-07-15 09:38:32 AM  
What are low income parents supposed to do when they work but cannot afford childcare and do not have a support structure? I imagine there are plenty of kids at home unsupervised, they just don't get caught.
 
2014-07-15 09:39:17 AM  

BullBearMS: corn-bread: The 9 year old would eat lunch at a Walmart McDonald's a mile and a half away.

I'm gathering this little girl is somewhat sophisticated for her age.
If the mother thought she was fine to stay in the park all day, I'm wondering why she couldn't have been trusted to stay at home as well.

Another story gave more details. Their house had recently been broken into.

Here are the facts: Debra Harrell works at McDonald's in North Augusta, South Carolina. For most of the summer, her daughter had stayed there with her, playing on a laptop that Harrell had scrounged up the money to purchase. (McDonald's has free WiFi.) Sadly, the Harrell home was robbed and the laptop stolen, so the girl asked her mother if she could be dropped off at the park to play instead.

Harrell said yes. She gave her daughter a cell phone. The girl went to the park-a place so popular that at any given time there are about 40 kids frolicking-two days in a row. There were swings, a "splash pad," and shade. On her third day at the park, an adult asked the girl where her mother was. At work, the daughter replied.

The shocked adult called the cops. Authorities declared the girl "abandoned" and proceeded to arrest the mother.



That's almost downright......what's the word.......reasonable!  I can see why this story left out those details.
 
2014-07-15 09:39:39 AM  

fiddlehead: What are low income parents supposed to do when they work but cannot afford childcare and do not have a support structure? I imagine there are plenty of kids at home unsupervised, they just don't get caught.


And that is what's wrong, parents have to tell their children to hide inside or the government will take them away.
 
2014-07-15 09:42:05 AM  

LemSkroob: And this is the formula that makes welfare-for-lifers. Its easier to get on the dole than do the right thing.


Alternatively, we could force all employers to pay a living wage.
 
2014-07-15 09:42:44 AM  

ElPollotonto: DubtodaIll: "We understand you might be a difficult situation, but we're going to make it a whole lot harder for no particular reason other than we're worried and something MIGHT happen"

Isn't that what all laws are for?


To punish people in a difficult situation? Hmm, you may be on to something.
 
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