10.10.2005

Sensitive Subject

You have a poor, uneducated mother of two girls, ages 9 0r 10 and the other 7. Both girls go to visit the mom's father (the girl's grandfather for a weekend). When they return, the older girl tells her mom that "her grandfather entered the bathroom while she was taking a shower and told her he needed to wash her. Despite the girl's protests, the man washed and fondled her and later exposed himself to her. " Mom doesn't call the authorities and, a week later, sends the seven year old back to visit the mom's dad. She is fondled during that visit. (It is unclear if the younger girl knew what happened to her older sister during the first visit). One of the girls finally tells their stepmother. Cops get involved. The molester receives a 15 year sentence. Question: Should the mom be charged? And, if so, should she get pen time (Huntsville), jail time (local county jail) or probation? What if she didn't believe her daughter? This week, the mom pled guilty to two counts of Failure to Report Child Abuse, a Class B misdemeanor, which has a maximum of 180 days in the county jail. (She received the maximum on both cases to run concurrently). I noted, however, that the plea was heard before a district judge. This tells me one thing: The case against the mom was originally filed as a felony but the case was reduced to a misdemeanor by a plea bargain. The story is in the Star Telegram is here.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

.....it is a sensitive subject since the mom was poor and illerate....

...but what if the mother had a sound mind, good education and was financially stable - and that happened?......

.....surely a good mother would sense that something was wrong when the kids came back from a visit with old fondlin' gramps....

....i think some mothers should be held responsible in court, if it can be proved that she knew such things were going on.....

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like there is a big possiblity that the mom went through the same situation while growing up. She has probably hidden that truth herself her entire life.

Condoleesa said...

Yes Mom should be charged. First, she should be thoroughly beaten.

Anonymous said...

The dirty ole man and the no good sorry mother should serve the same sentence.

The little girl will be better off in a loving foster home.

How sick can our society get? We need stronger sentencing for child abusers.

m&m said...

Being poor and uneducated has nothing to do with anything here. Any mother, with the proper maternal instincts, should do anything within her power to protect her children from any harm no matter the source. She should have protected her daughters at all costs. I am truly saddened for them.

Anonymous said...

It's child abuse, you have to keep your children out of harms way! She needs to go to jail.

miz.gina said...

Yes the mother should be charged! The fact that she is poor and illerate has nothing to do with it.

She knowingly sent her child into a bad situation! How can she call herself a mother?

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse I simply have no tolerance for this. A mother's SOLE job is to protect that child until it is able to pretect itself.

Not only should they send her to jail they should put her UNDER the jail!

boredatwork said...

That is one of the saddest things I have ever heard. I am sure that the mother was a victim of the same abuse growing up. Should she be charged?? That is a great question.... She should be charged in the case of the 7 year old because she sent her over there after she became aware of the abuse but I think that the charges in the case with the 9 year old should only be againist the grandfather.