Mom Leaves 4 Underage Kids Home Alone As She Travels Miles Away To Go On Vacation. Is This Right For A Parent?
November 9, 2018 14:53 By Mambee
Neglect is one of the most harmful forms of child abuse. This evil act prevails more than other types because it is hard to detect. It is a form of long-lasting emotional, mental and physical torment for children.
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Although it does not involve 'striking' or any physical harm, it is equally as harmful. With the girl child being the primary victim.
According to statistics, with figures from a 2007 survey. It shows that of the 794 000 reported cases of child abuse, an outrageous percentage of 59% is that of neglect.
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This includes the lack of medical care, appropriate nutrition, emotional attention and many other damming conditions on the side of the children. And so, it is quite sad how this menace is often overlooked.
A recent case of child neglect by Erin Lee Mack
Erin Lee Mack is a mother from Iowa. She had planned to go on vacation despite having four kids below the age of 15. Her children were 12, 7 and six respectively, with the firstborns being twins.
This 'not so caring mother' decided to go ahead on the trip, leaving the kids to fend for themselves. Fortunately, the police received a tip that might have saved their lives.
A day after Erin left for Germany, the police visited her home. They received the shock of their life when they found four kids left at home to survive alone.
What was scarier was that the mother had planned not to return until about two weeks later.
Immediately, Erin was contacted and instructed to come back home. Further investigations revealed that she didn't make any arrangements for her children's care before her vacation.
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She had left them all alone while she had the time of her life, as proven from the pictures gotten social media.
Lieutenant Tyler Tompkins, one of the police officers in charge of the case claimed he had never seen a thing like this. However, Erin was arrested and charged.
Another similar case of severe child neglect is that of Nicole Sciortino and Vincent Licciardello. The couple had left their kids, both 10 and 11 years old home alone in horrible conditions.
Their mother, Nicole, had the time of her life on vacation in Florida, while Vincent simply ignored them even though he lived not far away. They had to survive on junk foods and wraps of cloth on the cold until the police found and saved them.
There are more horrible stories of child neglect, and others with more damming consequences. These kids may have been lucky to have been found, but several others have not.
So, how do you notice this evil menace that many others are oblivious to?
1. The main sign of neglect is dirtiness. These kids most times are left to fend for themselves at such a young age.
They are incapable of taking care of themselves, resulting in ill health and hygiene. If you see a kid that is always dirty, he or she is probably being neglected.
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2. Another sign is bad diet or eating habits. Neglect includes malnutrition.
3. Bad growth may also be as a result of negligence. This is because these kids lack adequate medical care amongst several others.
4. Lastly, regular absence from school is a significant pointer to neglect.
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We must be sensitive and pay more attention to save kids from a life of torment. As parents, regardless of the stress that comes with parenting, we ought to know that we are responsible for them.
At times when we need a break from the routine, adequate measures and provision should be taken to cater for these kids.