Woman Accused Of Killing Child While Sleeping

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A Lake St. Louis woman is facing a felony charge after police say she was too drunk to care for her newborn baby. Full Story
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tlc_tech

Collinsville, IL

#1 Jan 30, 2010
I can understand she was intoxicated but I don't feel she should be convicted of her baby's death. She could be a deep sleeper at anytime and this could have happened.
RETIRED1

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Jan 30, 2010
She should be forcibly sterilized so that her drunk behind never breeds again!!
GETREAL

Saint Charles, MO

#3 Jan 30, 2010
i bet if she was on meth or heroin everyone would have a diff. opinion!! the fact is... she was under the influince of a drug (alcohol) and caring for a defensless person. she put her own self gradification before the safety of a child, wich lead to the death.
no diff. than if a daycare worker came to work drunk... Mr. Banas, please do the right thing and make and example out this selfish behavior and put this lady in jail..
Itoldyouso

Kansas City, MO

#4 Jan 30, 2010
She needs time in the cooler! If you are that incapacitated, a sober adult needs to be present. What if the house caught fire or other dangerous situation emerged?

At the very least she should be convicted of being a complete IDIOT.
concerned citizen

Asheville, NC

#5 Jan 30, 2010
let her sleep with a sumo wrestler while they are both drunk and i hope he turns on top of her !!!!!!!!!!
Faydra

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Jan 30, 2010
What the hell was the baby doing in bed with her in the first place? What did she do drink up the money that she was supposed to buy a crib with?
sarcasticdragon

Florissant, MO

#7 Jan 30, 2010
Will this "accident" FORCE her to get help for her drinking or will this stupid gal just get pregnant AGAIN and AGAIN and risk another babies lives???

I say force her to take birth control til her drinking is under control.....If you were not up for the job of being a mommy then YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD THAT BABY. Take care of yourself before dragging anymore innocent children into your world!!!!

No- she didnt "mean" to do it but she did CHOOSE to drink. She was in charge of her babies care and safety....That child DEPENDED on her..and now that baby is DEAD.
not surprised

O Fallon, MO

#9 Jan 30, 2010
I knew this woman back in the day, 10-15 years ago? Always was an extreme drunk with a mean streak, no one wanted to be around her in the singles social scene. Last I heard of her she received a few DUI's and couldn't hold a job.

Hearing this story tells me she never overcame her addiction. I'm shocked to learn that somebody married her. That poor innocent baby :(

sandra

Granite City, IL

#10 Jan 30, 2010
well i think she should be in jail..come on now she is 41 if she wanted to drink she should have had someone watch the poor baby now the baby dont even have a chance to grow up....i my self am 24 and have 3 kids and if i want to have a drink or so my first thing i do is make sure i have someone to watch my babys.....and when ur that drunk i dont see her gettin up an hour after going to bed...it sounds a little fishy to me
STLPerson

United States

#11 Jan 30, 2010
This Mom is a hunk of you know what. She needs to have her life takin away, her freedom, and her booze. She is not a mother. She is a alcoholic with huge issues. Everyone knows you do not sleep with baby's in the same bed because of suffocation. Duh Duh & Duh. What a dumb azz.
divorcing an alcoholic

Granite City, IL

#12 Jan 30, 2010
This is exactly why my husband does not have any type of visitation outside MY home ... a drunk cannot properly care for a child and it is irresponsible to leave a child with a drunk. This poor little baby never had a chance. My sympathies to the baby's father and family. Whether or not she was in her own home, she still was responsible to care for that child and she chose to get drunk instead, I would say she certianly caused this baby's death !!!!
sarah

Park Hills, MO

#13 Jan 30, 2010
I do not believe she meant for her son to die. That would be murder........I do believe she made a terrible mistake and that is something she is going to have to deal with her whole life. There are other instances where babies have died in the exact same manner and their paretns were not drunk, but the baby still died. We call that an accident.!?
Lets not forget the baby who died in the hot car by her (DOCTOR) parents. No charges came against them. Is there really a difference in the cases?
EAC

Saint Louis, MO

#14 Jan 30, 2010
sarah wrote:
I do not believe she meant for her son to die. That would be murder........I do believe she made a terrible mistake and that is something she is going to have to deal with her whole life. There are other instances where babies have died in the exact same manner and their paretns were not drunk, but the baby still died. We call that an accident.!?
Lets not forget the baby who died in the hot car by her (DOCTOR) parents. No charges came against them. Is there really a difference in the cases?
There is a difference she had 2 prior felonies for DuI and now being charged with child endangerment, wich is a crime. She can also be charged with under the influence during a commission of a crime. I don't know if thats what it is called, but its close enough for this blog. The lesson learned here is Don't Drink, if you can't handle yourself.
FOX2Viewer

Kansas City, MO

#15 Jan 30, 2010
With all the trouble she has had in the past with alcohol, the judge should throw the book at her. She obviously doesn't realize the problems alcohol can cause even after three previous DWI's.
Ninshuber

Saint Louis, MO

#16 Jan 30, 2010
As a mother of a little one, I think this woman should be charged with child endangerment and manslaughter, and forced into an alcohol treatment program - knowing she was in the house alone, knowing she was the sole caretaker for this infant, she CHOSE to become so inebriated that she was unable to take care of a child who was dependent upon her for its life. If she had been thinking clearly, she could have easily put her baby in its crib or bassinet, on the child's back, and slept off her drunk without any harm to anyone, save that the baby might be a little hungry or fussy. I do not hold to the family lawyer's measly defense that it is not illegal to get drunk in one's own home - sure, one can get drunk, but what about ones action or inaction while they are drunk? These days it seems almost impossible for parents not to be educated about the dangers of co-sleeping with a small infant, as well as the necessity of those infants to sleep in their backs to avoid SIDS. Sadly, this woman and her alcoholism killed her own child, and she will have to live with it for the rest of her life, but she must also be held responsible.
sarah

Park Hills, MO

#17 Jan 30, 2010
EAC wrote:
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There is a difference she had 2 prior felonies for DuI and now being charged with child endangerment, wich is a crime. She can also be charged with under the influence during a commission of a crime. I don't know if thats what it is called, but its close enough for this blog. The lesson learned here is Don't Drink, if you can't handle yourself.
Handle herself, the baby suffocated he wasn't beaten. It wasn't as if she was a bad mother leaving her new infant in another room, alone and crying. Also there is no difference, except the Dr.'s have money and are suppose to be intelligent, however the same incident still resulted in a dead baby.
sarah

Park Hills, MO

#18 Jan 30, 2010
FOX2Viewer wrote:
With all the trouble she has had in the past with alcohol, the judge should throw the book at her. She obviously doesn't realize the problems alcohol can cause even after three previous DWI's.
She has obviously never been offered the help she needs. She will have to deal with this the rest of her life, isn't that punishment enough.?
VCDaedalus

Saint Louis, MO

#19 Jan 31, 2010
Sarah, the parents of the child who died in the hot csr weren't drunk at the time, nor did they each have a history of DWIs and chronic alcoholism. They were not on probation, either. Maybe you sympathize with Potter because you drink and parent, too.
VCDaedalus

Saint Louis, MO

#20 Jan 31, 2010
sarah wrote:
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She has obviously never been offered the help she needs. She will have to deal with this the rest of her life, isn't that punishment enough.?
Oh baloney. Help is there, either in the form of a 12-step program, a rehab, or just deciding to quit. Many alcoholics just DO quit without any intervention at all. She didn't need to have it offered up to her with parsley on it.

The alcoholic who doesn't want help and wants to go on drinking is a hopeless case. Sounds like this sloshed mommy was one.
ugh

Crystal City, MO

#21 Jan 31, 2010
wow, what a bunch of hateful people.. yes it is horrible but you are quite lucky that you are all PERFECT at parenting and never made a mistake with your kids!

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