Not only is there an epidemic child hood obesity problem that prompts school systems accross the land to ban cup cakes while eliminating phys ed and recess, but now we see that the old skool parental advice of go outside and play and don’t come back before dinner is a societal impossibility.
A Hartford family will now suffer the nanny state intrusion into their lives over this incident:
Monday afternoon Simone Harris, 26, left her three children, ages 1, 2 and 9 in her car while she went shopping at BJs. The temperature at the time was 29 degrees, and according to the police report the children were alone for at least 14 minutes. The car wasn’t left running there there was no heat. A customer complained to a private security officer, the police were called, she was arrested and later posted a $10k bond. The children were placed into care of the their grandmother, and the police notified the state Department of Children and Families.
There are lots of interesting tid bits in here. Harris must have been 17 when she had her first child. Leaving three kids unattended in a car on a brisk winter day is probably not a good idea, but hardly the end of the world. Arresting the woman, traumatizing the kids, and thinking its okay that kids have to be supervised every single minute of their lives is by far worse.