Could you report a family member who hurt your child?

United States
May 18, 2007 12:24pm CST
I have been reading so many news stories lately that talk about an uncle who bite his nephew several times and a daycare was the ones who reported it to police. Or where a grandfather molested his granddaughter and the school reported it after the parents failed to. A father burned his infant son in a scolding hot bath while watching the child while the mother was at work. I know that if someone was to injure one of my children that I would be the one to stand up and report this to the police. I would want my child to know that no matter what they tell me I would do something about it. If a memeber of your family harmed one of your children would you be able to turn them in? Or would you just tell that person not to let it happen again?
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• United States
22 May 07
I'll hurt them something bad I mean something bad I just can't even think about what I'll do before I contact the police because I'll probably be the one in jail with a homicide case or manslaughter cause. After I do something bad to that individual then report to the police when I did what I did and they better get that person out of my site before something else bad happen to that person.
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
20 May 07
That is such a sticky one for families, isn't it, especially if the abuse is generational? Grandfather does to grandchild what was done to the child's parent...I would think the adult parent would have a very different reaction then someone who didn't have that in their own background. Whether it would be to kill the person then and there, or go into denial, I don't know. We had an episode in my parents generation where a step father committed some very serious abuse of at least one of his step daughters. The man's own sister turned him in when she found out and he was jailed. The girl(s?) mother bailed him out of jail, took him back, and reexposed the entire family to this monster. Strangely enough, a couple of week's later, a Malotov cocktail came sailing into hisopen car window and he was blinded in one eye and had all sorts of other unpleasant problems for years and years to come. As far as I know, he never laid a finger on anyone else, but it was ridiculous that the mother didn't protect the kids. Thankfully, I have never been in that position. The worst I have encountered was negligence (not making kids wear seat belts, not keeping an eye on them etc) and they don't babysit anymore.
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
20 May 07
I wouldn't hesitate to turn someone in for harming any of my children. You can be assured that I would be the first person to report the abuse to the police. My children are my life and I won't tolerate someone hurting them. Before I would make that phone call however I would be kicking someones rearend. I had a SIL one time who slapped her six year old daughter across the face hardenough to leave her handprint. Not only did I teach her a lesson but I made sure that social services knew about it.
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• United States
18 May 07
It's terrible to think that anyone would ever want to harm a child...any child. But it is even more tragic to think that a family member could hurt a child. I would definitely report and no love lost on that one. As parents and adults, it is part of our responsbility to ensure that children are safe and well cared for. Granted there would have to be some understanding on the severity of it. Paddling a child with your hand on the bottom is definitely not in the same category as someone burning a child. Not even in league here. But when there is someone that is abusing a child...that's completely different.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
18 May 07
Children are supposed to be a parents first priority not the feelings of "other family members". If someone harmed a child of mine intentionally or by being careless they would face the consequences and my child would not be left with them again. This kind of thing just happened in this area two days ago. A woman intentionally drowned her 2 year old niece in the bath tub while she was supposed to be babysitting...so far though the only charge is for ASSAULT but the police say that others are pending the investigation.
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@Phlamingho (7831)
• Denmark
18 May 07
I would report him / her even if it's a family member, and then I would cut all ties to that person.
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• United States
18 May 07
I wouldn't hesitate to call the police on anyone, family or not, that was hurting my child. My children are my life and when I conceived each one of them I made a promise to love, cherish and protect them with my life. And if that means having to turn in my own parents (not that they would ever hurt my children) I would do it in a heartbeat.
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• Philippines
27 Jun 07
It really depends on what he did. If its grave like what stated, I would really report it because its my child he has hurt. It wouldnt matter to me if he is a family member or a relative. If he sinned against the law, he has to answer to the law.