Saturday, July 08, 2006
Parents Behaving Badly
For the life of me, I couldn't decide whether this incident should be filed under Asshat of the Week, or Parents Behaving Badly. The menfolk in my home took a vote.
Asshat got the boot.
On June 30, a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper brought 22-month-old Calob White home.
His parents weren't even aware their baby was missing.
How do you NOT know where your baby is at 10:00 in the morning?
Witnesses called the police when they saw a man driving a motorcycle with a baby seat strapped to a tote on a trailer hitched to the back. He was apprehended 4-8 blocks away.
Are you with me now? WTF?
Daniel White, the baby's great-uncle, was arrested and charged with first-degree child endangerment, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Apparently he decided to take the baby to visit his brother, but forgot to inform the parents or use legal safety precautions.
The car seat was strapped to the trailer with a single nylon rope.
"He didn't see the reason for it not to be OK," said Sedalia Patrolwoman Victoria Kottman. "He indicated he had done this with his own son."
"They (the parents) were extremely shocked and upset that their uncle had made such a bad choice," she said.
"We thought he said he was leaving to find some Cherry Garcia!" they exclaimed in horror.
Ok, I made that last part up.