Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mom Arrested For Letting Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Play in the Park On Her Own?

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For those who think they can parent their children in the way they themselves grew up, things have changed in 2014 America. In this case, I think some people have watched too many SVUs and CSIs, and will panic at the littlest thing when it comes to children.

Many commentators are against the arrest of Debra Lynn Harrell, who was charged on Monday after she left her 9-year-old daughter to play in a park while she was at work.

But is 9 years too young to be left alone at home or in a busy park? The news called the little girl neglected, and authorities said the mother has abandoned her child. I think they are exagerrating.

Should this be a crime? What do you think? Below is the whole gist of the matter...

- Debra Harrell works at a McDonald’s in North Augusta, South Carolina.

- Since school let out for summer vacation, her nine-year-old daughter had been accompanying her to work

- They usually brought along a laptop and the little girl would use the free wifi to keep herself busy while her mother worked her shift.

- Their home was recently robbed and the laptop was stolen, causing her daughter to request being dropped off at a local park.

- The mom said yes and gave her daughter a cell phone to call her in case she needed anything.

- On her third day at the park by herself, a stranger questioned Harrell’s daughter about her mother’s whereabouts.

- The woman called the police, and subsequently, Harrell was arrested on abandonment charges.

According to this report, the woman noticed a small black girl playing at the park around 9:30 a.m. Monday morning but did not notice an adult in the area. She left the park to go to work, but then the little girl was still at the park when she got off of work.

The woman said she asked the little girl where her parents was, and the little girl reportedly told her that her mother dropped her off at the park in the morning before going to work. Adding that she is dropped off all the time to play at the park while her mother is at work.

When the woman asked the little girl what she eats for lunch, the girl said the "Feed A Child" people come by or she walks over to McDonalds in Wal-Mart where her mom works.

The woman then called the police and after repeating her story, the child was taken to NADPS headquarters. Afterwards, the Department of Social Services (DSS) took custody of her.

The mother, Debra Harrell was contacted by officers and, once she arrived, was questioned and confessed to have left her child. She was then arrested and charged with Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child.

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