[QUOTE=Novaheart;475075]I was aware of the particulars in both cases, and I consider both cases to be political. It's not a disagreement on the facts between us, or one of who is smarter, I simply disagree with what was done in this case. Parents make poor choices all the time. Trust me that you don't want to live by my mother's rules for men and children.
Yeah, we've seen the result.
My uncle earned my mother's wrath one time for letting me play on the boat ramp. I slipped and fell into the river on an autumn day. It wasn't life threatening, but my mother never allowed my uncle to be in charge of me again.
That's the extreme I was pointing out to you. Different people exercise different levels of caution with their children. I freaked out because a 12 year old disappeared from sight in Washington DC's Dupont Circle at 5 PM on a sunny summer day. Was I overreacting? Most people would say that I was, and she certainly thought that I did. She was not in imminent danger, but I have watch too many TV dramas where young girls disappear in a flash. If she had disappeared, I don't think anyone would have brought charges against me, I didn't do anything wrong.
Do you have any notion of how quick some people are to call DCF or the police? There are people who think letting a toddler play with a Pit Bull or a Rotty is tantamount to dangling the child off a freeway overpass.
This man left his child in a tent in what he considered safe surroundings. She was not harmed. All the could-have-happened-this-ways in the world don't change the particulars. He left his daughter in a tent on a cold day in the rain. There are aboriginal people around the world who live in tents or huts in winter and summer.
Until some other fact surfaces, some damning fact about the condition of the child or of the father, then I'll stick with my assessment that it was a poor choice by our standards but doesn't rise to the level of neglect or abuse.
- Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or
- An act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.
Leaving a toddler alone under those circumstances more than satisfies the second condition.
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