I know that seems like a nuts question after all of have (or had parents), some of us are parents and I’m sure a lot of us hope to be parents in the future. But over the past two or three weeks of times it seems as though parents have lost their complete minds. Since I don’t have children I often play surrogate mommy to kids who already exist and I make it my first priority to insure they are safe. I have that instinct, sue me. Anyways, the first case I caught was the case of Shaniya Davis. When I first saw this beautiful five year old on Nancy Grace she was missing. From all accounts it seemed that she might actually have just been kidnapped but after a few days of speculation we learned that Shaniya had been murdered and it was possible that her tiny five year old frame had been raped and sodomized. To add insult to injury it turns out that Shaniya’s mother, Antoinette Davis, actually sold the child for drugs, etc. and is now being charged with human trafficking.
Just one week later, I found myself staring at the break room TV as the case of Angel Perez flashed across the screen. Apparently his mother left him in the car while she ran into the post office. Witnesses saw a woman walk across the parking lot with an infant and we have still heard nothing further about this child’s whereabouts.
The VERY NEXT DAY, on my way to work I am hearing the DJ talk about how the previous afternoon he went outside to find two kids strapped in a car. Mind you, I live in Alabama and while temperate it is much too cool to have children strapped in the car like that. Anyways, he went on to detail that numerous people were looking to see what was going on with the children and after putting the stories together realized the children had been in the car approximately three hours. Personally, I was appalled and I want to know why this is happening.
So… to the parents, non-parents and future parents: Why is this happening? Are people tired of their children? If so, why are you having them over and over again? Do you think this fundamental lack of watching kids starting from infancy is contributing to other societal problems (stories like Precious, for example)? Also, do you think that people have children at young ages is problematic as well?