Woman Accused Of Killing Child While ...

Woman Accused Of Killing Child While Sleeping

There are 34 comments on the Fox2Now story from Jan 29, 2010, titled Woman Accused Of Killing Child While Sleeping. In it, Fox2Now reports that:

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

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PBJ

United States

#22 Jan 31, 2010
she was intoxicated while in charge of taking care of an infant. It is child endangerment pure and simple. Doesnt matter where she was at.
Ann

Saint Charles, MO

#23 Jan 31, 2010
You can't fix stupid. How many times have we seen that a child was killed like this? Yes the parents were not drunk but this is just a irresponsible person that should not have a child.
VCDaedalus

Saint Louis, MO

#24 Jan 31, 2010
ugh wrote:
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!
Drink and parent much? How much would you have to CHOOSE to drink to go beyond "mistake, anyone can make a mistake, it was a mistake, JUST a mistake, just a mistake"?

I suppose you could say that years of poor judgment and alcoholism are, you know, just like [i]mistakes[/i]. If you're into excusing that kind of stuff.
views

Saint Louis, MO

#25 Jan 31, 2010
what a sad case and she probably got some money and nothing will come about it...
Janet

United States

#26 Feb 1, 2010
I think she should be respondsible for the death of ther child. dont care if she was at home, that baby was in her care, and drinking is no excuse for anything. and it sounds like she has a problem with drinking anyway. it is time for the parents to step up. if you have a child, and either you can not care for the baby or just do not want to, please give the baby to someone who will and can. Make her pay for her actions. I hope that Jack Banas throws the book at her.
Be the ball

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#27 Feb 1, 2010
Wasn't the Mayor of Lake St. Louis named Potter? Any relation to this woman?
dumb

United States

#28 Feb 1, 2010
This is sad.....INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. Period. Whats the difference? Gettin behind the wheel of a car then accidentally killin someone??? Geez, I hope she is asking her self was the beer worth it? To kill her son??? Her baby. I am an ANGRY father......GRRR!!! Wheres the dad???
Poor Baby

Highland, IL

#29 Feb 1, 2010
This is a tragic thing that happened to this little one. She defiantly needs some help. Even if it is forced upon her, that doesnÂ’t mean she will change. You got to want to!!! And hopefully the state will keep an eye on her if she ever decides to get pregnant again!
Mrs_T

United States

#30 Feb 1, 2010
I keep hearing "WHY IS HER PAST FELONIES BEING BROUGHT UP,THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS CASE'Well I would like to give my opioion to those idiots that ask that question....it is showing that her acholism has been a serious issue for along time, her DUI'S should have been awake up call for her family to. Where was the father? I do have one question Why is this being called an accident? How do accidentally get in bed with your new born baby that intoxicated? I dont understand "ACCIDENT"??????????
sarah

Brookfield, CT

#31 Feb 2, 2010
VCDaedalus wrote:
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.
I don't drink,I am an educated individual who is smart enough to see that no matter what the situation was the outcome is the same. So individuals involved should be punished the same as well.
sarah

Brookfield, CT

#32 Feb 2, 2010
VCDaedalus wrote:
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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.
I am educated and work with substance abuse patients. I believe in the programs and the clients, I do however (like many other agencies) feel that people are not often enough made or offered help. I would appreciate it if you would quit referring to me as a drunk.
To Sarah

United States

#33 Feb 2, 2010
The circumstances leading to the outcome are different- so they need to be handled different.

Working with substance abuse patients, you know the statistics on their behavior after treatment. How many truly recover, and how many relapse again with ever worse consequences than before?

She had prior convictions, she had a history of irresponsible behavior, and she put herself into a situation where she was not capable of taking care of a child in her care. She was negligent. The law allows for such circumstance to be punishable.

She needs punishment- and then she can get the help in prison. She had prior DWI's and didn't get the help. She is an adult- she needed to seek out the help. No one owes it to her to give her the help. As a person who helps substance abuse individuals, isn't it a fact they do not take well to treatment until they make the commitment? She obviously didn't make the commitment- and now needs to suffer the consequences.
sarah

Brookfield, CT

#34 Feb 2, 2010
To Sarah wrote:
The circumstances leading to the outcome are different- so they need to be handled different.
Working with substance abuse patients, you know the statistics on their behavior after treatment. How many truly recover, and how many relapse again with ever worse consequences than before?
She had prior convictions, she had a history of irresponsible behavior, and she put herself into a situation where she was not capable of taking care of a child in her care. She was negligent. The law allows for such circumstance to be punishable.
She needs punishment- and then she can get the help in prison. She had prior DWI's and didn't get the help. She is an adult- she needed to seek out the help. No one owes it to her to give her the help. As a person who helps substance abuse individuals, isn't it a fact they do not take well to treatment until they make the commitment? She obviously didn't make the commitment- and now needs to suffer the consequences.
Very well written and practically agree, however are you aware of the number of babies that die each year when parents choose to sleep with them? It's unbelievable and the fact is if for this one time alone she had not been drunk we would be on here sending heart felt sorry and best wishes for the same incident.
I've never said some punishment wasn't needed, I just think we should be alittle more sympathetic, as a baby still lost its life way to early.
As far as negligence, the Dr.'s are just as so. So we may not know that they drink often (not openly announced, or not caught, who knows), but the fact they chose golf as she chose alcohol still resulted in the death of their children. Where are fair consequences?
cabbie

O Fallon, MO

#35 Feb 3, 2010
i picked up this lady on friday took her to the bank all she could do was cry i personally thought she was a lil intoxicated and was all just a story until i heard it in the news

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