Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 | Author:

From 810 WGY, emphasis added:

A MONTGOMERY COUNTY WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED — AFTER HER 3-AND-A-HALF YEAR OLD SON WAS FOUND PARTIALLY SUBMERGED IN A STREAM.  SHERIFF’S OFFICIALS SAY 32-YEAR-OLD STACY FREEMAN OF PALATINE BRIDGE LEFT THE CHILD ALONE OUTSIDE FOR 5-TO-10 MINUTES WITH A DOG — BEFORE NOTICING THAT HE WAS GONE.  EVENTUALLY 911 WAS CALLED.  INVESTIGATOR BRAD SCHAFFER SAYS A DEPUTY FOUND THE CHILD DOWN A 50 FOOT RAVINE, IN THE BROOK…UNABLE TO ESCAPE.  SCHAFFER SAYS THEY DECIDED TO ARREST THE MOTHER BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T CALL 911 RIGHT AWAY.  FREEMAN WAS CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD…AND WAS RELEASED ON AN APPEARANCE TICKET.  THE LITTLE BOY WAS TAKEN TO ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL TO BE CHECKED-OUT…AND RELEASED SOON AFTER.

She was not charged with child endangerment because she left the child alone outside, where he could potentially fall into a ravine and drown. No, she was charged because she didn’t call the cops fast enough.  Am I missing something here?

In another “child endangerment” charge from the same Sheriff’s Department, the Cressy children were never in any danger. Their parents simply failed to submit the proper paperwork for homeschooling.

But this time, where the child potentially was in danger, they didn’t charge her for that.  They charged her for not calling 911 soon enough.

Either the sheriff’s department needs some tutoring on just what constitutes “child endangerment”  – or I’ve fallen down another rabbit hole.

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