Mother of dehydrated toddler calls arrest bittersweet

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The mother of a toddler who died of dehydration said Wednesday that it was bittersweet to have police arrest two Hamden residents accused of depriving him of fluid for a week as punishment. Full Story
Julie

New Haven, CT

#1 Apr 16, 2008
Evil. There's no other word for it. What the h e l l do you think diapers are for? And what 2 year old do you know who doesn't wet the bed.
chosen1

Great Falls, MT

#2 Apr 16, 2008
and these 2 people r still breathing ?hopefully they will stop breathing when they get in general population in prison, let's say a prayer.
Pak31

Bolingbrook, IL

#3 Apr 17, 2008
A 39 year old woman who has had children of her own doesn't realize that witholding liquids from a toddler could be dangerous???? I will never understand why people "punish" babies for doing things that they normally do. I understand that this mother was friends with these people for a very long time and had no reason to suspect anything but still......This Patterson woman couldn't have been the greatest. She was doing drugs, drinking, there were no tell tale signs??? I am just curious, maybe she hid it well. Plus for the woman and her brother to not allow the mom and her boy to see each other because he would cry??? I would have said "let me see my child". I am not blaming the mom, she's young and was sick and trusted the couple. The worst part is how could this couple let the boy cry for his mother and for water and not do a thing about it?? Just awful, one of the worst crimes you could commit. It had to be awful for his mother to hear that he needed her so bad, she has to live with that forever, hope she stays strong.
chosen1

Great Falls, MT

#5 Apr 18, 2008
i say feed them some potato chips and only give antifreeze and acid to drink

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Since: Jan 08

Danbury, CT

#6 Apr 18, 2008
The mother had a fever... not Dengue fever, just a fever... have your druggie friends come over to watch YOUR child at YOUR house while you take a tylenol. Jesus H, what a disaster. I will never understand why people who don't WANT kids continue to have them.
former stamford resident

Ocoee, FL

#7 Apr 18, 2008
It`s heart breaking to read these horrible stories. I can`t believe that a little innocent kid has lost his life because of the stupidity of a couple of complete morons.They should get the maximum sentence .And what`s up with the dead childs mother? Don`t tell me that she didn`t know that these two jerks were substance abusers,legal or not. Sterilization sound like a good solution.
No Good

Stamford, CT

#8 Apr 19, 2008
Those two skells should be deprived of water and food until they suffer the same fate as that poor child, and it should be televised. The mother of the child should be forced to undergo surgery to ensure she will never be able to procreate again. The sad thing is that you need a license to drive a car, you need training for your job, etc, but any jackass can spread there legs and get knocked up anytime they want with zero consequence. Who cares, they don't even need a job, the government will give them more money for each kid they have, and pay them to stay home in their rent reduced sh#thole.
CONCERNED PARENT

United States

#9 May 7, 2008
NicNac wrote:
HORRIFIC, please let these two animals rot in jail and be starved without anything to drink. I'm besides myself with grief for that little boy.
As a mother you have to have judge of character and know the people that are watching your children...that mom should have sucked up the fact that she had a fever and taken care of her child herself, personally i think that watching a 2 year old is easier then watching a 8 month old. they are your kids and your responsibility fever or no fever. personally this mother makes me sick and i think that she deserves to get charged to. she is guilty of leaving her child with these MONSTERS!!!!!
jenn

Bristol, CT

#11 May 12, 2008
the mother should be charges as well. She knew this lady since she 8 the article says. She didn't know that the lady was crazy, drank, did and drugs? Why would you leave your own child with someone who has had 4 of their own children taken away. And who the heck leaves their child with someone for a week and not talk to them face to face to make sure they are ok, this girl needs to have her other child taken away. IDIOT

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