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Mother Who Killed Nanny & Injured Toddler Given Only Two Days in Jail

Posted by on Jun. 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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'Sleep Deprived' New Mother Who Killed Nanny & Injured Toddler Given Only Two Days in Jail

by Kiri Blakeley

A new mother who had given birth the day before she struck and killed a nanny pushing a toddler in a stroller has been sentenced to only 48 hours in jail. The woman, a 35-year-old attorney from California named Christine Padilla, killed the nanny and severely injured the toddler after striking them in San Diego while she was driving. She reportedly admitted to police she was sleep deprived at the time.

Padilla pled guilty to vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to 48 hours in jail, along with probation and 180 days of electronic surveillance. This hardly seems much for running a red light and killing the nanny and almost killing the 13-month-old boy that the nanny was pushing. The child ended up with a skull fracture, broken bones, a lacerated spleen and broken ribs.

I get that she didn't mean to kill anyone, but vehicular manslaugher is usually treated incredibly leniently in this country. But it is an incredibly difficult thing to know how to punish. Which one of us hasn't made a mistake while driving? Lost our concentration for a moment? But then there are people who just drive like reckless maniacs and are a death waiting to happen.
 
Driving when you are sleep deprived to the extent that you can't see a red light means you shouldn't have been driving. I'm not saying Padilla should spend her life in prison, but 48 hours seems incredibly lax. On the other hand, she has a new baby, and perhaps the courts thought it would be worse to deprive a child from its mother in its early years.
 
Believe it or not, the two days added jail time was not part of the original sentence, which included no jail time. It was added only after pleas from the nanny's children and family and the injured toddler's mother. A tragedy all the way around.
 
Do you think the mom got enough punishment?
by on Jun. 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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Pammi86
by Pamela on Jun. 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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I think this is a crazy story and we need more details but honestly was an accident!

Janet
by Ruby Member on Jun. 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I agree!

Quoting Pammi86:

I think this is a crazy story and we need more details but honestly was an accident!


goddess99
by Michelle on Jun. 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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If I were the mother of that kid and employer of the nanny I would be beyond livid at that joke of a sentence.
auntangelofsix
by Angel on Jun. 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM
i agree.

Quoting goddess99:

If I were the mother of that kid and employer of the nanny I would be beyond livid at that joke of a sentence.
MistressMinerva
by Jennifer on Jun. 10, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Agree

Quoting goddess99:

If I were the mother of that kid and employer of the nanny I would be beyond livid at that joke of a sentence.


splatz
by Sarah on Jun. 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Wow. :(   Honestly they don't give long at all for vehicular manslaughter. My sister's father went to jail for 4 years for driving drunk and killing someone. Then he got right back out on the road & wracked up more DUIs. 

SlapItHigh
by on Jun. 11, 2013 at 1:08 AM

So sad :*(

SlapItHigh
by on Jun. 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM


I agree as well.

Quoting Pammi86:

I think this is a crazy story and we need more details but honestly was an accident!



opinionated07
by on Jun. 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM
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What a joke! I don't see why they're so lenient towards these kinds of people. Accident or not they made the choice to get in that vehicle and they should get an ACTUAL sentence.
lazyd
by Member on Jun. 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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I dont care that she has a newborn.  If the woman was that sleep deprived she should have known not to get in a car and drive.  This was a PREVENTABLE "accident".  I know its harsh, but maybe this woman should go to jail and her daughter should be "deprived" on being with her mom - if that was the excuse for not getting much jail time.  Ms. Padilla should be sentenced to jail for years!

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