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Toddler Left Home Alone Found Dead
The Stir ^ | 11-2-2011 | Julie Ryan Evans

Posted on 11/02/2011 11:40:36 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Time and again the headlines are filled with stories of young children left home alone. Typically they're found fine, and we all fret about what could have happened. In Joplin, Missouri, however, it's what did happen that's heartbreaking.

According to The Joplin Globe, Eric Hicks, 28, was watching his girlfriend's 18-month-old son, Emjay Corn, Saturday morning. He had an appointment at a methadone clinic, but instead of taking the boy with him or finding alternative care for him, he just left him there, alone in his crib. Sometime later the boy was found dead.

The boy's cause of death is still under investigation, and Hicks has been charged with felony child endangerment. Other details are murky as to why police arrived at the house when there was no record of a call being made to them that day and where the mother was. But regardless of the specifics, on the surface, it's such a blatant and sad example of why young children should never be left home alone -- not for an hour, not even for a couple of minutes.

It's hard to find child care, I know. And for some who have to work to pay the rent or keep medical appointments, leaving the children alone may feel like the only option, perhaps especially so for someone coping with drug addiction. But it never can be. Even children who are sleeping or otherwise engaged can get into a dangerous situation in no time at all. People who don't understand that shouldn't be left in charge of them.

I feel for this entire family. I can only imagine their pain and suffering right now as they piece together what happened, contemplate what they could have done to prevent it, and beat themselves up for the rest of their lives over what they didn't do. But that's the thing when it comes to our children's safety -- we don't get do-overs, and that's why we have to put it first, above anything else.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: druggie; moralabsolutes; prayer
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To: ozark hilljilly

Wow, a lady can never see another man after a divorce or death of a husband because the man will kill them. Are you serious? I have three step-sons who at one point were introduced to me and they are all still alive.


41 posted on 11/02/2011 12:56:03 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: WayneS
it worked out so WELL for that kid in the movies...

Not in the movie Trainspotting.(It's about, you guessed it, junkies)

42 posted on 11/02/2011 12:57:52 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

WINNING!


43 posted on 11/02/2011 1:00:33 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

If I were responsible for the death of a child they’d have to take my booking photo of me where I lay on the floor curled up in horrified guilt and grief - they’d probably have to draw height marks alongside my head on the floor. This guy looks relatively peeved by comparison.


44 posted on 11/02/2011 1:01:08 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: momtothree
Any child can be left for a couple of minutes providing they are in a safe environment etc... An hour or so at 18 months is ludicrous.

So, you're saying that a parent of an 18-month-old child is not to be allowed to sleep more than an hour or so at a time during the night --every night?

Really?

45 posted on 11/02/2011 1:03:51 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Governement should be afraid of the people)
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To: ozark hilljilly

funny how the “reporter” failed to focus on the obvious....”never leave your toddler alone, in the care of a heroin addict”


46 posted on 11/02/2011 1:04:27 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Haiku Guy

How stupid is that sticker? Everyone knows babies can’t read.


47 posted on 11/02/2011 1:08:03 PM PDT by shoff (Environmentalists are the 21st century’s luddites.)
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To: mvpel

“If only we could build the perfect totalitarian police state that is needed to crush all recreational drugs and drug users, 18-month-old children would never be neglected ever again”

The standard libertarian response.

My comment has nothing to do with a police state or a utopian society. It has to do with your faulty reasoning.

You’re a fool.


48 posted on 11/02/2011 1:10:51 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Doesn't anyone love liberty anymore?)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

He killed the kid. I guarantee


49 posted on 11/02/2011 1:12:48 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: cuban leaf

Reminds me of an ‘honor killing’ in San Jose a few years back. The police responded without being called to a residence in San Jose where they discovered the body of a slain teenager and her murderer (her father) and mother at home. There were questions as to how the police knew to respond. It turned out the house was bugged and the police heard the rage fit the father threw because the daughter was dating and socializing etc. and they heard the whole screaming slashing murder as it transpired.
Obviously I don’t know the facts of this baby’s death but one possible scenario is that this house was wired or surveilled in some way and the police heard boyfriend lose it and then the baby suddenly stopped screaming or crying ‘too abruptly’ etc. and responded for that reason.


50 posted on 11/02/2011 1:13:52 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: MichaelCorleone
Faulty reasoning is blaming this situation on the drug user when it was the mother's responsibility to choose who and how her baby was taken care of.

When you grow up I hope you understand cause and effect.

51 posted on 11/02/2011 1:16:26 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

No... absolutely not. There is a SIGNIFICANT difference of being in the house with a child who is playing, watching t.v., sleeping... whatever vs. leaving the child alone in a house and vacating the premises. For example, even at night... ask any Mom in the world and she can sleep and hear at the same time. They can be down the hall... we’re fast asleep and you are trained to hear a cry or even a cough. Leaving a child alone in a home.... for an extended period of time (i.e. we’re not talking about getting the mail or even pulling weeds) but driving away... opens the door to all sorts of tragedies.


52 posted on 11/02/2011 1:16:38 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
I feel for this entire family.

What family? I didn't see a family mentioned. Just a couple of cohabiting drug addicts and one of the victims of their "victimless" crime.

53 posted on 11/02/2011 1:17:21 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Shannon

The mother was/is in a mental hospital.

Plenty of details here:

http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/x1415465705/Police-Toddler-found-dead-had-been-left-at-home-alone

Note the comments by the grandmother and other relatives.


54 posted on 11/02/2011 1:19:42 PM PDT by free me (heartless)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Leaving a small child in the care of a druggie...what could possibly go wrong?

The little one is now in loving arms.


55 posted on 11/02/2011 1:21:51 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

This woman left her precious child with a guy who needed methadone?

Sick.


56 posted on 11/02/2011 1:22:26 PM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Since we dumped the standards 40 years ago that governed who we let keep a baby we get more of this.


57 posted on 11/02/2011 1:41:35 PM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Ah ... you just punch a couple of holes in the top and they serve just fine


58 posted on 11/02/2011 2:05:57 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

RIP.


59 posted on 11/02/2011 2:13:12 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: MichaelCorleone
My comment has nothing to do with a police state or a utopian society. It has to do with your faulty reasoning.

"Drugs are bad, drug abuse harms innocents."

Yes, and the sky is blue, and grass is green. So what?

Irresponsible or negligent use of bathtubs harms innocents too. Would you object to someone who opined that using a bathtub is a victim-less crime?

60 posted on 11/02/2011 2:15:41 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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