Seeing them on Facebook

I was doing what I call “fishing” today — just Googling the names of MPs to see what comes up — and came across a Facebook post by the mother of a missing baby. She wrote that she was feeling sad, recounted her son’s disappearance and asked people to look for him.

It’s kind of funny, because she herself is the prime suspect in that child’s disappearance and got in trouble later on for trying to sell one of her other kids. The charge was later dropped, not because she hadn’t done it but because the prosecution wasn’t sure whether this was illegal.

I see that kind of thing from time to time.

4 thoughts on “Seeing them on Facebook

  1. Orla October 28, 2014 / 8:54 am

    Almost as sickening as the parents who have their children taken from them for neglect or abuse etc and then when the poor unfortunate child is killed or disappeared by the foster or adoptive parent, the bio parent is out screaming and roaring about being failed by the State and looking for compensation. Rant over.

    • Meaghan October 28, 2014 / 4:14 pm

      Well, sometimes a kid is taken from its parents for some stupid reason. Like recently how you might have heard about the poor woman whose child was taken from her, and I think she was also arrested, because she let the kid (who was like nine) play in a public park while she was working.

      • Orla October 29, 2014 / 6:01 am

        I should have been more specific: I was referring to cases where the child is failed in the first instance by the family by reason of high level, persistent neglect or abuse. I’m in Ireland so I hadn’t heard of the case to which you refer.

  2. makoons November 4, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    Every state has its own laws about how old a child can be before they are left without supervision and for how long. In my state a 9 year old is allowed to be left home alone for no longer than two hours.It also can vary if the child has special needs and lacks the mental maturity other kids their age have.
    I’m not saying Social Services never makes mistakes, they undoubtedly do, but unfortunately unlike the parent crying to the media they have to adhere to confidentiality and everyone only gets one half of the story. I get tired of people decrying Social Service agencies for doing their job and then decrying them when they’re too lenient.

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