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5-Year-Old Shoots Herself After Police Say Mom Left Her Locked in a Room So She Could Go Shopping

Posted by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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5-Year-Old Shoots Herself After Police Say Mom Left Her Locked in a Room So She Could Go Shopping

by Sasha Brown-Worsham 

5-year-old shoots herselfA 5-year-old girl from New Orleans had to be taken off life support yesterday after her mother allegedly locked her in a room with a loaded gun so she could go to the store. The child shot herself and the mom is now facing second-degree murder charges. And honestly? That seems like a light charge.

What is with all these parents who have loaded guns around children? Is this some kind of stupid fest that I missed? The reality is, these kinds of accidents are entirely preventable. It's called don't have a loaded gun around children under 18.

Sure, it is awful that the mom left her 5-year-old to run to the store, but how long was she gone? If she were doing a 10 minute run, she probably thought her plan was perfectly fine. Maybe she forgot there was a gun there. I am sure she (probably) did not intend to hurt her child. Sadly, there are times negligence is just as criminal as actual physical abuse. This is one of those.

The sad thing is, this kind of thing probably happens every day. I can't imagine she is the only mother in the history of mothers to leave her child alone to run to the store. Five is a weird age where they can seem really mature one minute and almost toddler-like the next. It might be easy to trust a child and think they can handle something they truly cannot.

There are no excuses for this woman. What she did was vile and she may deserve an even harsher punishment than whatever a second-degree murder conviction will hold. But she also probably thinks she did no wrong. In her mind, leaving her baby alone in a room was better than giving her the whole house and she was only going to be gone a few minutes.

Now, why she could not take one 5-year-old to the store and deal with it? I guess we will never know. Her circumstances could have been dire. Was she a single mom? Did she have other kids? Did this kid have special needs?

None of these are excuses, mind you. None of these answers will bring back this poor little girl. It was a horrible mistake, one that cost a child her life. But the leaving of the child is not the worst part. It's the leaving the child with the loaded gun that gets me.

Have we learned absolutely nothing from all the accidental shootings? My heart breaks for this little girl who did nothing wrong and yet paid the ultimate price for her mother's alleged stupidity. Second-degree murder just does not seem to bring her justice. Why are we not more outraged as a country?

Do you think this mother should have a greater charge?

by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:02 AM
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finnbar
by Bronze Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM
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I cannot understand leaving the five year old home alone much less locked in a room with a loaded gun. It really boggles my mind. I don't know if she qualifies for a harsher charge tho, unless there is proof she meant for the child to find the gun
rfurlongg
by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM
I agree.

Quoting finnbar:

I cannot understand leaving the five year old home alone much less locked in a room with a loaded gun. It really boggles my mind. I don't know if she qualifies for a harsher charge tho, unless there is proof she meant for the child to find the gun
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Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

She locked her in a room with a loaded gun to run to the store. Okay first of all if you have children you have to take them with you when your leaving your home because that is just one of the things your supposed to do when your a parent of a kid that young. Who forgets they have a weapon in their home in a specific room.I mean if someone is breaking in your home you think oh where is said weapon. She should be charged with a few more charges.

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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I think this woman should spend the rest of her life in jail. I think every adult that allows access to weapons to these children who kill themselves or others should spend the rest of their lives in prison. Then maybe we would actually have responsible gun owners.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 24, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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Another person who had no business having a child or owning a gun-

Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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 My guess is, the mother left her dd with the gun for protection. She most likely was "raised on guns" and guns were a regular part of her life.

The problem is, no 5 yo child should be left alone. Let alone left alone with a loaded gun, no matter how comfortable that child (and adult) is around guns.

Sadly, people will never learn. Complaceny is their worst enemy.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 My guess is, the mother left her dd with the gun for protection. She most likely was "raised on guns" and guns were a regular part of her life.

The problem is, no 5 yo child should be left alone. Let alone left alone with a loaded gun, no matter how comfortable that child (and adult) is around guns.

Sadly, people will never learn. Complaceny is their worst enemy.

Wait. A loaded gun to protect a 5 year old? Like the 5 year old would use the weapon to protect herself?

I do not understand the gun culture folks at all.

I need to go to the grocery store. I do not want to take the azzhole kid, so I'll leave her here. What if something happens? I know, I'll lock her safely in the room with a loaded gun. Yes, all my problems are solved. REALLY???

FYI, if you get to the point in your problem solving where you feel your 5 yo is at risk if left unattended, and a loaded gun seems like a good babysitter,  DO NOT LEAVE HER UNATTENDED.

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Exactly this! What in the hell are people thinking????? Parents are becoming the most dangerous thing that can happen to kids.

Quoting Sisteract:


Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 My guess is, the mother left her dd with the gun for protection. She most likely was "raised on guns" and guns were a regular part of her life.


The problem is, no 5 yo child should be left alone. Let alone left alone with a loaded gun, no matter how comfortable that child (and adult) is around guns.


Sadly, people will never learn. Complaceny is their worst enemy.

Wait. A loaded gun to protect a 5 year old? Like the 5 year old would use the weapon to protect herself?

I do not understand the gun culture folks at all.

I need to go to the grocery store. I do not want to take the azzhole kid, so I'll leave her here. What if something happens? I know, I'll lock her safely in the room with a loaded gun. Yes, all my problems are solved. REALLY???

FYI, if you get to the point in your problem solving where you feel your 5 yo is at risk if left unattended, and a loaded gun seems like a good babysitter,  DO NOT LEAVE HER UNATTENDED.

momtoscott
by Gold Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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I don't understand any part of this story, it is so far away from what I would ever consider doing.  Criminally stupid actions deserve criminal punishment.  

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM


Quoting momtoscott:

I don't understand any part of this story, it is so far away from what I would ever consider doing.  Criminally stupid actions deserve criminal punishment.  

And I would add termination of future reproductive rights.

Too stupid is too stupid.

It's acceptable for some to sterilize people with T-21- why not people like this? 

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