Parental Neglect Can Go Too Far: Mom Left Her Five Children, Including Newborn Twins, Locked In A Car And Went Into A Bar
April 8, 2019 14:00 By Mambee
The rate at which children are being mistreated in recent times is steadily rising, and it is now a reason for alarm.
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Even more saddening is the fact that many more cases of childhood abuse might have gone undetected and unreported.
Child maltreatment is a worldwide problem and should be treated as such by every person.
The woman who neglected her kids
A woman from North Port, Florida, has just recently been arrested on five separate counts of child neglect.
Kristie Johnson apparently locked her five children in her car so that she could go into a bar and have a few drinks.
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The children, who were left unattended, were all quite young, ranging from 5 years old to the appalling: a set of 20-day-old twins.
According to the report released after Kristie's arrest, her husband got worried when he got home and had no idea of his wife and five kids' whereabouts.
He then called his wife's phone and his 5-year-old daughter picked it up and told her father that they were at McDonald's.
Some time passed, and the worried father called again. This time, when his daughter picked up, she told him she had no idea where they were.
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The little girl did not know where their mother went. When the girl told her father that she and her siblings were all alone in the car, he tried to get her to describe where they were so he could come to get them.
However, when that did not work, he told her to press the horn to attract an adult, but that also did not work.
Kristie's husband then set out to find his children, but it was not until midnight that he finally located them at a bar in Port Charlotte.
The bartender said that Kristie came in on her own, had two drinks and then spent about 30 minutes talking to the people in the bar.
Kristie was arrested for child neglect on five counts with her bond set at $50,000.
How to help children that have been maltreated
In the eventuality that you find neglected children, here is what to do:
1. Give them lots of love, care, and affection. This is the first remedy;
2. Be patient and speak with them to connect and understand them at an emotional level;
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3. Try to be consistent and predictable with your actions as it gets them to be comfortable around you.
It may take time to rehabilitate a child that has been badly maltreated so never lose hope and always be patient.
Children should never be left without proper adult supervision. We hope Kristie’s story serves as a lesson to others.
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