Saw this on the evening news:
Drivers swerved to avoid a 3-year-old boy, wearing only a diaper and a T-shirt, who was playing along a busy highway after wandering away from home while his mother slept, police said.
Some motorists stopped along Interstate 465 on the city’s west side Saturday to take care of the boy until officers arrived, state police said.
“I looked up and I seen this little . . . boy running down the middle of the slow lane in the interstate. I just could not believe what I was seeing,” said Troy Crady, who stopped to help.
The boy, Damon Dyer, was unscathed as at least a half-dozen cars and a tractor-trailer swerved into other lanes to avoid him. Police said they traced the toddler to a nearby apartment complex, where they found his mother, Nancy Dyer, asleep in a filthy apartment and his 2-year-old sister eating spaghetti off the floor.
Dyer, 33, was arrested on two counts of child neglect.
Now I don’t want to go to bat for bad parents anywhere, but unless there is more to this story, I do not see how this is neglect. According to m ynightly news, the mother was asleep and the kid got out a second story window. If a parent taking a nap and a kid breaking out of the house is neglect, there is a whole lotta neglect going on in this country. From all that I have seen on the news, this sounds like a tragedy averted, not neglect.
*** Update ***
Apparently there is more to the story, and we seem to have come to a consensus. This act alone does not constitute neglect, but the totality of the situation, as well as the individual history with similar incidents, would lead to a pattern that suggests neglect. That seems reasonable, and looks as if the system is working. Whether or not arresting this woman helps the matter is the subject for another debate.