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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.


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1 posted on 11/02/2011 11:40:44 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

not even for a couple of minutes?

lol

so much for sleeping !

or checking the mail, or heck even letting them watch TV while you cook.

They must be stared at 24/7 !

now having said all that, this guy is a creep and probably killed the baby for messing with his TV remote.


2 posted on 11/02/2011 11:45:36 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Cain 2012!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
I feel for this entire family. ..as they... contemplate what they could have done to prevent it,

Well, gee, I just wonder.

What kind of source is this???

3 posted on 11/02/2011 11:46:21 AM PDT by teenyelliott (welcome to the Twilight Zone)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
now having said all that, this guy is a creep and probably killed the baby for messing with his TV remote.

You and me both- that poor kid was dead before the dirtbag left for the clinic. Bet ya.

The most dangerous words to a child are: "Say Hi to mommy's new boyfriend!"

4 posted on 11/02/2011 11:49:02 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Tagline typed on a closed keyboard. Do not attempt. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
If you have bought any kind of opaque bin in the past few years, it will have this warning sticker inside:

Seems kind of obvious...

5 posted on 11/02/2011 11:49:44 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (We don't need to Occupy Wall Street... We need to Occupy K Street!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
What kind of mother leaves her 18-month old child with a boyfriend who has a drug habit? I just don't get it — so often, when we read of child abuse, it's by some guy the mother is hooking up with at the time. Don't they ever think of their children when they bring these low-lifes home?
6 posted on 11/02/2011 11:50:05 AM PDT by Rightwingacademic
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

—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.—

Murky? That’s an understatement.


7 posted on 11/02/2011 11:52:22 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

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.
 
 
Ohhh, I don't know. Mommy can always have another child. And find another meth addict boyfriend to watch it.


8 posted on 11/02/2011 11:53:11 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

His defense: But it worked out so WELL for that kid in the movies...


9 posted on 11/02/2011 11:53:19 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I can’t get past the fact that the police found the baby even though there is no record of any police call.

Something is fishy here.


10 posted on 11/02/2011 11:53:39 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

“Eric Hicks, 28, was watching his girlfriend’s 18-month-old son, Emjay Corn, Saturday morning. He had an appointment at a methadone clinic”

Holy crap. With that kind of mom, this kid never had a chance.


11 posted on 11/02/2011 11:54:03 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

What was he supposed to do?

“Take Your Child to the Methadone Clinic Day” was LAST week...


12 posted on 11/02/2011 11:54:47 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Rightwingacademic
What kind of mother leaves her 18-month old child with a boyfriend who has a drug habit?

Do you really have to ask?

13 posted on 11/02/2011 11:56:25 AM PDT by umgud
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
What a goofy article this is!

She writes it like the sordid tale is some sort of parable to help teach other drug addict boyfriends some valuable baby sitting lessons.

14 posted on 11/02/2011 11:57:40 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

I just don’t know WHAT the baby’s mother could have done to prevent this...

...apart from NOT LEAVING HER CHILD IN THE CARE OF A HEROIN ADDICT...


15 posted on 11/02/2011 11:57:41 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: jagusafr
“Eric Hicks, 28, was watching his girlfriend’s 18-month-old son, Emjay Corn, Saturday morning. He had an appointment at a methadone clinic”

Holy crap. With that kind of mom NAME, this kid never had a chance.


16 posted on 11/02/2011 12:00:13 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

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. I agree with you... this child was probably deceased when the man left the house. So very sad that children can’t pick their parents (I know that sounds silly but one can wish)/


17 posted on 11/02/2011 12:03:28 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Rightwingacademic

You know fully well that if he can ring the bell for her, he can do no wrong, at least for a while.


18 posted on 11/02/2011 12:06:43 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Sounds like the writer is blaming the death on lack of child care!


19 posted on 11/02/2011 12:09:15 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Rightwingacademic
What kind of mother leaves her 18-month old child with a boyfriend who has a drug habit?

I agree with you but I bet a lot of people, including the mother, probably wouldn't. They'd look at his Methadone habit as "being in treatment" because it's legally dispensed. Legal or not, it's still one mighty drug addiction.
20 posted on 11/02/2011 12:09:28 PM PDT by Shannon
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To: Haiku Guy

“Seems kind of obvious... “

...Don’t store your babies in this container?


21 posted on 11/02/2011 12:10:07 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Haiku Guy

I wonder why they’ve added the warning label.

My family has been using those things to store babies for YEARS and WE’VE never had a problem.


22 posted on 11/02/2011 12:11:29 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Responsibility2nd

My daughter has a close friend from Ireland who goes by Emjay. Short for “Emma Jane.” She’s a doll.


23 posted on 11/02/2011 12:12:38 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: cuban leaf

The “mother” was probably turning tricks to support her heroin addiction between methadone treatments.


24 posted on 11/02/2011 12:13:33 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Oops...forgot to mention that I used to work with a Barbara Jane once and she, too, went by her initials. I had a real hard time divining why a beautiful woman would choose to adopt those initials for her name. It was very hard to keep a straight face when talking to her.


25 posted on 11/02/2011 12:14:34 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

I’ll be interested in learning the time of death. Could be the kid died before the addict left the house.


26 posted on 11/02/2011 12:19:12 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

A co-worker of mine has a beautiful little 3 year old named Mary Jane.

I don’t know her all that well to ask her: “WHAT were you thinking?”

But I’m old. My co-worker is young. It may never have even occured to her what that refers to. And so what? Mary Jane is a beautiful name. Why let its connotations with marijuana stop you from naming your child that?


27 posted on 11/02/2011 12:21:11 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
young children should never be left home alone

But, then again, it is apparently no worse than being left home with Eric Hicks.

28 posted on 11/02/2011 12:24:35 PM PDT by twhitak
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To: Responsibility2nd

Indeed - though I think your comment is fairly encompassed in mine... :-)


29 posted on 11/02/2011 12:24:54 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: ozark hilljilly
The most dangerous words to a child are: "Say Hi to mommy's new boyfriend!"

You're so right. I'm seeing a case of this play out with my friend's ex-daughter in law. She's since married, had two children with, then divorced an illegal from Mexico and now she's dating two men of another race. The illegal father is a good parent and is afraid to go for custody because he's illegal.

30 posted on 11/02/2011 12:24:58 PM PDT by Shannon
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Note to all the druggie libertarians: this is another example of how drugs - somehow, someway - end up hurting innocent people, in this case someone who never even got a chance at life.

Maybe you should lay off the ‘drugs are a victimless crime’ crap and grow up.


31 posted on 11/02/2011 12:26:33 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Doesn't anyone love liberty anymore?)
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To: allmendream

So, what WERE the police doing there?


32 posted on 11/02/2011 12:28:11 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Maybe I’m old or naive, but the first two associations I came up with for “Mary Jane” were a penny candy and Peter Parker’s girlfriend. Marijuana didn’t even make the list.


33 posted on 11/02/2011 12:28:15 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Haiku Guy

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


34 posted on 11/02/2011 12:28:42 PM PDT by shoff (Environmentalists are the 21st century’s luddites.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I had a friend who knew an expectant Chinese woman whom she tried to talk out of naming the child “Jane”.

“But I like that name,” protested the Chinese mother.

“Trust me,” my friend said. “You do not want to have a child named ‘Jane Do’. Just trust me on this...”


35 posted on 11/02/2011 12:33:04 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

“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.”

Three words: Mommy’s new boyfriend.

Mommy’s new boyfriend was having drug cravings and killed baby in fit. More than likely boyfriend does not even remember doing it. OR Mommy’s new boyfriend so high on methadone he did it then and still does not remember it.

Either way Mommy’s new boyfriend strikes again.


36 posted on 11/02/2011 12:38:19 PM PDT by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

“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.”

Three words: Mommy’s new boyfriend.

Mommy’s new boyfriend was having drug cravings and killed baby in fit. More than likely boyfriend does not even remember doing it. OR Mommy’s new boyfriend so high on methadone he did it then and still does not remember it.

Either way Mommy’s new boyfriend strikes again.


37 posted on 11/02/2011 12:38:47 PM PDT by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Emjay” oh, how clever, mom. NOBODY will figure out why you named him that.


38 posted on 11/02/2011 12:39:24 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... http://www.fda.gov/ucm/groups/Ming the Merciless)
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To: Little Ray

“...penny candy and Peter Parker’s girlfriend.”

Or a little girl’s patent leather shoes.


39 posted on 11/02/2011 12:43:34 PM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: MichaelCorleone
Note to all the druggie libertarians: this is another example of how drugs - somehow, someway - end up hurting innocent people, in this case someone who never even got a chance at life.

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.

40 posted on 11/02/2011 12:49:52 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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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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