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Who's watching the kids?

May 2, 2011 - Heather Ziegler
Just days apart, two local women have been arrested in child endangering charges. While I don't know the exact circumstances of either arrest as reports are skimpy, it is still bothersome. One woman didn't even know where her kids were while the other, I believe, was turned in by someone who said her children were being neglected or simply put in harm's way. When police encounter such situations, it's usually when a neighbor or relative makes a call to authorities. And thank goodness they do. Who will look out for these children if we all don't keep an eye out for one another. I'm not saying we should be sticking our noses in where they don't belong and if someone wants to feed their kids cereal for dinner, that's not a crime. However, you just know when something is out of kilter when you see kids wearing the same dirty clothes for days on end, or find them wandering alone at all hours of the day and night. That's when it's the right thing to do to call the police. Remember the case in Jefferson County where the sheriff's department found the dead baby amid the horribly filthy living conditions. How can a place that looks thad bad on the outside go unnoticed for so long? These child neglect and abuse cases are disturbing. Imagine the images that the police and EMS and firefighters have to live with after seeing this staff firsthand. So sad.


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