Friday, August 22, 2008

Mommy Dearest

A mother throws her baby into a swimming pool and kills him.

In court, where she pleads guilty to infanticide, she is given a conditional sentence of two years less a day to be served at home, with three years' probation to follow.

The usual truckload of psychiatric gumbo is hauled into the hearing and the equation.

May I be so rude as to ask a few questions?

What value do we place on the life of a baby?

What help - if help is what is needed - will this woman receive in her basement suite in Surrey?

What do we, the community, the courts, do when she becomes pregnant again?

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