S.C. Mother had Troubled Life

Full story: WXIA Atlanta 13
Sametta Heyward was in a bind. The single mother was scheduled to start a double shift at 3 p.m. and her baby sitter had just canceled. Full Story

Since: Jun 07

Conyers, GA

#1 Aug 4, 2007
One word: TRAGIC
Two more words: BIRTH CONTROL
Queen B

Atlanta, GA

#2 Aug 4, 2007
The only ones involved that I feel sorry for are these poor kids. I know this woman was afraid to loose her job, but my God, that is no reason to leave your defenseless kids in a car.

There are other options. I wonder if she took the time to search for daycares that offer evening care. I am not sure about where she lives, but I know we have them here in Georgia. Did she not have any family or other friends that she could have called on at the last minute? And, if all else fails, I would have just lost my damn job before I went to the extreme that she did.

This is so sad and tragic. May these poor children rest in peace.
Marie

Atlanta, GA

#3 Aug 4, 2007
Here is an example of a young mother trying to provide for her children. In accordance to the article, it appears that she had 4 children - two who were being cared for by others. This proves her love for the children which is one of the many characteristics of a good parent. Unfortunately, she made a bad decision by leaving the children in her vehicle.

My heart and prayers are with Ms. Heyward and her family.
SweetPea

Powder Springs, GA

#4 Aug 4, 2007
As a single mom, I would like to make this plea to all of you other single moms just trying to make it: Please, please, exhaust government resources when you HAVE to. I'm not talking to all you lazy, trifling parents who CHOOSE not to work. I am speaking directly to moms like the one in this story. Yes, your job is important, but your kids and their welfare is far more important. Please don't be embarrassed to seek childcare assistance or TANF when you are really trying to make a living and provide for your kids. It's better to quit your job and apply for Section 8 or welfare than to have to leave your children alone (anywhere). I do realize they are making it harder to get govt assistance, but before you risk your children's lives, please seek help from someone, anyone!

No, I am not and have never been on assistance and I really don't believe on using it as a crutch, but I realize that I was blessed not to have to. I think that the system is meant to help people like this.
Marie

Atlanta, GA

#5 Aug 4, 2007
There is a great possible that she did not have options as she was scheduled to work two shifts. Child care can be expensive and most businesses close at 6 pm. As a parent, I understand her decision but I do not agree with it nor can I justify her action. It was clearly a poor decision. The safety of children should always come first before any job. Unfortunately, this young lady lost her two children is the process and she may lose her freedom.

We as human can sometimes view others actions but what would we do if we were in the same situation with limited resources. Would we make the right decision?
Queen B

Atlanta, GA

#6 Aug 4, 2007
Marie wrote:
There is a great possible that she did not have options as she was scheduled to work two shifts. Child care can be expensive and most businesses close at 6 pm. As a parent, I understand her decision but I do not agree with it nor can I justify her action. It was clearly a poor decision. The safety of children should always come first before any job. Unfortunately, this young lady lost her two children is the process and she may lose her freedom.
We as human can sometimes view others actions but what would we do if we were in the same situation with limited resources. Would we make the right decision?
Are you insane? Dont even try to justify what this woman did. She clearly put her job before the safety of her children. I know alot of daycares close at an early time, I was merely pointing out, there are some that stay open late and wondered if she had inquired about it. Yes, it can be expensive, but that is a part of being a parent. Noone ever said kids are cheap and if you cant take care of them properly , dont have them!! She lost her children by choice. To answer your question, if I were in the same position, you damn right I would just loose my job. I have enough brains to think of my kids FIRST. IF you can understand this womans position, I truly feel sorry for ANY kids you have in your care.
murder

United States

#7 Aug 5, 2007
this woman should rot in prison.
Q-Dawg

United States

#8 Aug 5, 2007
May God have mercy on Ms. Heyward's soul, and may her children rest in peace.

We have all made poor decisions. The results may not have been deadly, but we have all made poor decisions.

Have sympathy for the women.
Jellikal

United States

#9 Aug 5, 2007
the employer is just as guilty. A show up or your fired -- that is a threat to someone who is living paycheck to paycheck trying to care for her kids.

Day care centers - if you can find them are open from like 7-6. What if you get off work at 11 pm ??? What choices do you have?

Every summer their are tragedies like this one - where a child dies becuase someone is caught between a rock and a hard place.

Government - let us forget about national health care insurance. Let us get a National Child Care program !! Esp for those in lower income... Help keep their kids and our future SAFE !!!
Ana

Atlanta, GA

#10 Aug 5, 2007
No it wouldn't have been better to leave them alone but I would have rather get fired then leave my kids alone. She probably would have eventually gotten another job. Where is the father of these children?
Miss C

Wetumpka, AL

#12 Aug 5, 2007
I'm a single mom and my son comes first. I don't care if my employer wrote me up or fired me. I would never leave my son unattened. Especially in a parked car air on orno air at all. This lady is a sick and cruel person. I don't care what a hard life she may or may not had. I hope she pays for what she has caused. I pray for the souls of her children.
Gail

Ellenwood, GA

#13 Aug 6, 2007
murder wrote:
this woman should rot in prison.
How about the man who left his child in the car while he went to gamble and didnt even get a slap on the wrist is this a double standard or what the #@## is going on. I agree she didnt do the right thing, but this man was in the casino and this lady was at work. She is going thru enough I say
shocking

United States

#14 Aug 6, 2007
Gail wrote:
<quoted text>How about the man who left his child in the car while he went to gamble and didnt even get a slap on the wrist is this a double standard or what the #@## is going on. I agree she didnt do the right thing, but this man was in the casino and this lady was at work. She is going thru enough I say
You kan kill your kids, and their deth is enough punishment? Thats a very interesting opinion you have there ?!??!?!

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