When can a mother be convicted for neglecting her child?

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@jhanna (335)
Philippines
September 8, 2007 1:27am CST
I heard a news today about a 2-year-old kid found dead inside a heated SUV. The mother was a school principal and has completely forgotten about her child inside the family car for 8 hours. The police did not charged her, for they believe the mother has suffered enough for the loss. Do you think they did the right thing? What is your opinion on this?
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@archer1811 (1099)
• Philippines
8 Sep 07
Oh so sad this happen. Well first of all if you're a mother you shouldnt forget your child, but how could this happen? why did this little one didnt call her mother while going down? Is the child sleeping inside the car? It is very sad, the child is the most important thing in mothers life she should not forget her. Maybe the authority was right by not charging her coz she'll also suffer for the loss of her child and her conscience wont give her a peace of mind for what she'd done to her child.
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@jhanna (335)
• Philippines
8 Sep 07
The child was sleeping inside the car, so she did not notice her mother was gone.
@vijay1wdv (357)
• India
8 Sep 07
That is really sad. If the mother has really forgotten, that feeling would kill her alive. So, i think it is not the right decision to punish her. Anyway, they should first investigate and confirm, whether she did it accidentally or intentionally.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Sep 07
She is a school principal and she forget about her child and they do not punish her? I would bet that had she been a poor woman, she would have been. Is that fact that she has a good job dismiss her from a jail sentence plus a fine? What about the poor little tot there alone in the SUV? She should have been charged, not only because she let her child die, but because she should have known better. There are lots of women who neglected their children got severe punishments. What makes her any different?
@jhanna (335)
• Philippines
10 Sep 07
I agree! She should be punished whether she did intentionally or pure negligence or pure accident. I mean, it's not an excuse to say she have forgotten her child because of some routine changes in her day. I saw the video when she was interrogated by the police, of course she was crying but I really can't see her face clearly on the camera, I want to see her reaction if she really was sincere or not. She said "I can't forgive myself"