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Mom Could Get 30 Days in Jail for Letting 4-Year-Old Play Outside

Forced to be a paranoid parent.

TomahawkKTXLA Sacramento, California, mom who let her 4-year-old son play outside at a playground 120 feet from her home was arrested. Her neighbors called 911 when they saw the kid outside. While many people might think four is too young for a boy to be outside on his own, the bigger question is: Is this a criminal offense? And doesn't the boy's mother have the right to make that choice?

The boy (whose name is Tomahawk) was in a gated apartment complex and on a playground. He's an outdoorsy kid who loves exploring and sounds like he can take care of himself fairly well.

If the neighbors were worried, why wouldn't they just talk to the mom? And if the cops were worried, why didn't they tell her why this was dangerous (citing actual stats, not just "what ifs"), rather than threatening her with jail time? How does that solve any problems? The mom, Sonya Hendren, was arrested and charged with child endangerment—a felony. While the charges were later dropped to misdemeanors, Hendren told KTXL in Sacramento:

"We have a CPS (Child Protective Service) case now and every time he's not in my visual site we're in violation," Hendren said.

In other words, the state has decided how best to raise her child and will prosecute the mom if she doesn't agree.

The neighbor who reported Hendren hoped the mom would just get a warning. But when you play with fire—that is, call 911—someone can get burned. Or, in this case, scorched:

The maximum sentence that Hendron can face is 6 months in jail with 3 years of probation. She was offered an alternative deal of just 30 days in jail and 1 year of probation but she has rejected the offer.

Just 30 days. That wouldn’t disrupt a family's life, would it? It's barely a month!  I'm sure someone will supervise little Tomahawk while his mom is in the pokey.

But let's talk (non-Thanskgiving, metaphorical) turkey: Just how dangerous is it for a 4-year-old to play outside, period? It totally depends on the neighborhood, the child, and what the child has been taught. A 4-year-old is almost kindergarten age. He can speak the language, he knows where he lives, and he is close to home. This is not to say that nothing bad could ever happen to him. Only that the mom who loves him more than we do assessed the risk and decided it made sense for her to let him have some time outside.

As her lawyer noted:

"If this happened 20 years ago, we wouldn't be here. There wouldn't be a criminal case filed," said Hendron's attorney.

Today, thanks to the ease of dialing 911, the constant exhortations to report unattended kids to the authorities, and selective risk aversion, a call was made. No one calls the cops when a mom drives a kid to the grocery, even though the number one way kids die is as car passengers. But ever fearful of the much rarer stranger danger, they call when they see a child not directly supervised, even for a short time, by a parent.

Good luck to the mom, and to all of us who don't want our parenting second-guessed by arrest-happy police.

Photo Credit: KT

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  • B.P.||

    An outdoorsy kid named Tomahawk? He will grow up and exact his revenge.

  • ace_m82||

    I once got a letter from a guy named, no kidding, Cactus Clay.

    Then my wife told me that we couldn't name our kid Cactus Clay, but still, great name.

  • Pulseguy||

    My wife argues with me about absolutely everything. No point is too small to not have to debate. I really wanted to name my son Daniel. I don't know why. But, I wanted that name. I knew I would have a fight on my hands. So, for 8 and 1/2 months I argued strongly for 'Python Leopard'. I was dead serious. My wife was aghast. She couldn't believe I would not give up on this. A week before the birth I said 'How about Daniel? I still want Python Leopard, but I can live with Daniel.' She said, 'Absolutely, I like that name. Daniel it is.'

    Probably the only time I've prevailed in 30+ years.

  • josh||

    people are vastly different animals when you present them with options. without them, there's always something better on the horizon. well done.

  • sailshonan||

    I did this with my boyfriend. He insisted that if we get married, that I take his surname. I fought like hell to get him to take my surname. His compromise was that we will keep our names the same, which is what I really want...

  • Reverend Draco||

    Ah - so you really just want to be roommates, maybe "friends with benefits."

    If that's your attitude - don't get married - next year's divorce won't be worth it.

  • Craig Smith||

    Way to think ahead champ. That's how you win those battles.

  • DarrenM||

    Were the parents just not very bright and thought they were naming him after Cassius Clay?

  • Ted S.||

    Did she name her daughter Tippi?

  • Inigo Montoya, Micro-Aggressor||

    As in Tippi Hedren, the actress from Hitchcock's The Birds and Marnie?

  • GamerFromJump||

    Like from Super Paper Mario?

  • Spartacus||

    The boy (whose name is Tomahawk)

    That's the real crime, right there. He should have a decent name, like Spartacus.

  • Inigo Montoya, Micro-Aggressor||

    I submit that his name is cultural appropriation, unless he can prove he is 1/96 American Indian, like that famous senator. Left unchecked, this kid will probably grow up to teach yoga and wear Halloween costumes that micro-aggress like there's no tomorrow. His mom should be grateful that they were stopped in time and disaster was averted.

  • jdgalt||

    He should become head coach in Atlanta. Then they can bring back the Tomahawk Chop!

  • The Master McMonocle||

    What a cray-squared coincidence! I am Spartacus!

  • SimonJester||

    I once had a friend who really wanted to name their kid after the main character in 300. It took some doing, but at least I persuaded them not to spell it "Leeonitis."

  • The Rifleman||

    When I was a kid, my dad would tell me he wanted to name me "Gorky" and then he would laugh his ass off. At the time I thought he was serious. God I miss that guy.

  • ||

    You do realize that, as always with government and monopolies that have positions with unreasonable power over the lives of others, the worst possible people have been gravitating to jobs like in CPS for years and years now, right? Who gravitates to a job where you have power over other people and their kids, specifically related to how they raise their kids?

    A person who wants that power. And guess what? As you can see here, they're going to use it.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    I'd love to see their performance metrics and employee evaluations.

  • robc||

    I would like to see the client surveys.

  • ||

    And that's why you never will.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Don't leave out the 'unquestioned' part Epi. Once CPS is up in your grill, there is virtually no way to get rid of them. Even if you prove them factually wrong.

  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    Might be able to move to a different state. How much do they tell each other? I mean aside from actual arrests and convictions when it ends up with the police. Or do all CPS interactions end up as police matters even if no arrest is involved?

  • ||

    I guess the real lesson here is: don't have kids.

  • Riven||

    Lesson learned.

  • Tionico||

    that thinking would lead one to the conclusion that, since saying things, particularly controversia; or unpopular things, or carrying a handgun with you, can lead to troubles with the law (that latter ESPECIALLY so in Commieformia) then just shut up and let the cops andcriminals have all the guns.

  • ||

    Especially if you prove them factually wrong they can't prove you've done anything wrong, Hugh. They hate to have their authoritay challenged. And they remain convinced that they were right all along and are going to keep trying.

  • B.P.||

    Actually, I think the types of people who gravitate toward these jobs are folks who get their masters of social work to improve humanity, help abused kids, lift up the unfortunate, etc, etc. There aren't many career paths when one has an MSW, so many get into CPS. They become inflexible, autocratic morons as they grow into the job.

  • GILMORE™||

    "'the worst possible people have been gravitating to jobs like in CPS for years and years now, right? Who gravitates to a job where you have power over other people and their kids, specifically related to how they raise their kids?

    A person who wants that power. And guess what? As you can see here, they're going to use it."

    You've advanced this theory about how "government agencies & cops suck because shitty people choose to take these jobs" for years now.

    I think there's some merit to it. But that its - at best - a minority that provides a stereotype, and not the driving reason why what these agencies do is so god-awful.

    I've known a bunch of cops and a bunch of social workers etc and they tend to be good-hearted people who eventually get bent by the system. I'd say the same thing about public-schoolteachers for what its worth - my mom was one, and some friends are... and most started off very critical of how the systems worked and the way the unions stymied change, but after a while ended up identifying with the institution as an family-extension = good or ill, its "ours"

    the reasons these institutions suck isn't that they attract "bad people" but rather that they engender shittyness, and reward those that protect the institution above those that try and "improve" it.

  • Microaggressor||

    TL;DR
    The public sector.

  • ||

    Your final sentence is the kicker here, and actually works with my concept. Some "bad people" are of course going to be drawn to the position, but some "good people" will too. But as the system engenders shittyness and rewards the wrong people, the entire environment is now shifting more and more towards attracting the "bad people" solely because who else would want to work there? And as that continues, the amount of "bad people" it attracts will dwarf the "good people", and you end up with the situation I described.

    This doesn't happen overnight. It takes time.

  • Pulseguy||

    Eldest son was a school teacher, briefly. He said from his experience 1 in 10 is really good and really teaches. Six in ten are brain dead. They are sleep walking through their entire day. And, he says three in ten are actually evil, who enjoy hurting children.

  • mica||

    Daniel? :)

  • ||

    Limited sample, not randomly selected, confirmation bias.

    Having said that, I agree that some (an unknown but not-insignificant percentage) probably go into it with good motives but they get beaten down and coopted by the system and after five years they're just like everyone else.

  • GILMORE™||

    """Limited sample, not randomly selected, confirmation bias.""

    As opposed to the claim that "Everyone who chooses to work for The Man is a broken, evil being?"

    This type of criticism isn't even appropriate. Its not some scientific issue being debated, but rather a qualitative view of "the kind of people who work for bureaucratic arms of the state". *of course* its all anecdotal.

    And the argument i'm making is for "a greater degree of latitude in assumptions", rather than a more-narrow one. "Confirmation bias" would be if i were trying to assert that evidence fits a narrow ideological worldview. Instead i'm pointing out that its actually more complicated than that and its not so simple.

  • ||

    the reasons these institutions suck isn't that they attract "bad people" but rather that they engender shittyness, and reward those that protect the institution above those that try and "improve" it.

    I'm a believer in the theory that they essentially do it because it is busywork. They have to make arrests and work cases because if they don't then they look like they either aren't doing their job, or their job isn't necessary.
    This is how all bureaucracies work, because they aren't getting paid voluntarily to provide a service. They are getting paid by someone in government who is acquiring the money by force. This radically changes the incentives they are presented with. They have a very different "customer" a customer who doesn't have a strong interest in minimizing costs, or in leaving people alone.

  • The Rifleman||

    When I was a kid, I had a friend, younger than me, who was constantly being picked on by a kid quite a bit older than us. The dad of the kid that was being picked on paid a visit to the dad of the older bully. Basically he told him if the bullying didn't stop, his next visit wouldn't be so pleasent. Needless to say, the bullying stopped.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    I long for the days when you could beat the living shit out of busybody neighbors.

  • SFC B||

    If you've got to do 30 days in jail I'd much rather do it for beating up the neighbor who called the cops on my child playing than for the child playing.

  • SimonD||

    Except if someone threatened my kids, the penalty for what I'd do would be a LOT more than 30 days. I'd need to make sure I brought someone very large with me to pull me off the person before I killed him/her.

  • jdgalt||

    Hey, I won't convict you.

  • Jack Strawb||

    A five year old kicked my dad in the shins, hard, for nothing at all. He kicked her back. She went crying to her mother, who tried to upbraid my father. His response was, "she kicked me first." No police were called.

    Ah, sweet reason.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Tomahawk is a badass name.

  • Je suis Woodchipper||

    It certainly kicks the shit out of Thomas.

  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    Or Hugh.

  • ||

    But so problematic.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    Coulda named him Sue.

  • Spartacus||

    His middle name is Trebuchet.

  • Plàya Manhattan.||

    It's amazing that the human race didn't go extinct without CPS.

  • GroundTruth||

    With this sort of thing going on, it will.

    After a generation of infantile adults takes power, this society WILL end, and something more vibrant and less risk averse will succeed it.

  • SimonJester||

    Libertarian moment, amirite?

  • robc||

    If I didnt have one on the way, I would consider calling 911 every time I saw a child in a car, just yo be an ass.

    Actually, calling CPS directly would be better. And preferably on other CPS employees.

    Ah, to be a retired bmulti-millionaire...

  • Je suis Woodchipper||

    Did you just subtly come out as expecting?

  • kinnath||

    not new information

  • croaker||

    SWATing CPS employees might be justified.

  • Tionico||

    Must be a good idea, cause that's one of the first things I thought of.

  • Tionico||

    one of the first things of which I thought. (a preposition is an inappropiate word to end a sentence with)

  • Reverend Draco||

    I have so thought of that before. . .

    Also, when seeing a road sign exhorting me to "Call 911 on Drunk Drivers," my first thought is "I hope a cop car goes by."

    So I could call 911 and give up the cop's license plate as a drunk driver.

    Or. . . when a peeg kills an innocent. . . SWAT his house.

  • kinnath||

    Too many villains in this story.

  • croaker||

    All of them government employees with the possible exception of the 911rat.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    If the neighbors were worried, why wouldn't they just talk to the mom?

    They did, in the only language they know: 911speranto.

  • croaker||

    Then they can learn a new language: Louisville Slugger.

  • ||

    There is one good guy in this whole sordid story. His name is Tomahawk (?!).

    It is like a circus filled with evil clowns. Of course, that describes most stories here.

  • Hugh Akston||

    How is his mom a bad guy?

  • ant1sthenes||

    She named him Tomahawk?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Nope, that makes her a superhero.

  • ||

    By the time he reaches 18, he might have to legally change his name to be allowed into any university in the country.

  • GILMORE™||

    I don't see why. I went to a school with a kid named Starfinder. (*one of Ken Kesey's bastard-children) I think he ended up going to Brown.

  • Zeb||

    I think he is thinking of the cultural appropriation angle.

  • ||

    Yes...

  • GILMORE™||

    SUCK IT, INDIANS

    "The metal tomahawk heads were originally based on a Royal Navy boarding axe and used as a trade-item with Native Americans for food and other provisions.[1][2]"

    The word is Powhatan in origin, but the item itself was basically a European tool which *Native Americans Appropriated*

  • ||

    He is named after a cruise missle.

    What culture ?

  • DarrenM||

    He can claim to be part Indian and get in on the AA bennies.

  • Je suis Woodchipper||

    OT

    The white student unions popping up are pure troll genius. I'm building up a butthurt surplus to get me through the rainy season.

    Enjoy.

    Mackenzie Hargrave I'm unsure if this is satirical, or if you (or whoever made this page) genuinely think this is okay, but allow me to help you out. This is not funny, and this is not okay. This is really a blatant disrespect of races that have been oppressed and faced hardships that whites will NEVER endure, not to mention a blatant disrespect of the JMU community.

    Morgan Nicole So just to be clear, what upcoming events can we expect to be done by this Union? any rallies, assisting attacks on POC on campus?

    Fabian Wadle ...and in no way, shape, or form would this group be allowed on campus.

  • ||

    Reminds me of the Fighting Whites controversy.

    The plan to insult whites in the same way the minority students perceived Native Americans being insulted backfired on the group when the team's popularity skyrocketed. In response to customer demand, the team eventually began selling shirts under both names. The team added the phrase "Fighting the use of Native American stereotypes" to its merchandise to discourage the shirts from being worn by white supremacists, and arranged for CafePress.com to handle manufacturing and sales of the clothing.[9]

    The team sold enough shirts that they were eventually able to endow a sizeable scholarship fund for Native American students at Northern Colorado. In 2003, the team donated $100,000 to the University of Northern Colorado's UNC Foundation, which included $79,000 designated for the "Fightin' Whites Minority Scholarship".

    It is also amazing that somehow getting a scholarship from the Fighting Whities doesn't trigger anyone and prevent them from spending that money.

  • Microaggressor||

    Sounds like a shirt I'd wear.

  • Inigo Montoya, Micro-Aggressor||

    I once lived near a high school whose team's unofficial motto was "Home of the Fightin' Bigots."
    I did not ask the coworker who mentioned this how exactly they came to be known that way, but I figured it had something to do with the overall town's lack of sophistication.

  • Microaggressor||

    NOT. FUNNY.
    NOT. OKAY.
    Because MUH FEELINGS

  • 9/30/15 New Woodchipper||

    I found a new source of SJW pure echo chamber humor. Sadly, after three direct questions, without any profanity or name calling, I've been banned from their cute little comments section.
    http://www.themarysue.com/whit.....-facebook/

  • Microaggressor||

    assisting attacks on POC on campus

    It's just common knowledge that POC are being assaulted, regularly, on college campuses. These people live in in alternate reality.

  • ||

    Srsly, Micro? You should know better. They see assaults everywhere as judged by their own ridiculous, whiny standards. Speech they don't like? Assault. Funny looks? Assault. Recording them in public places? Assault. And don't even get me started on teh microaggressions.

  • Microaggressor||

    My bad, I was using those old definitions of words that were decided by old, dead, white guys. Now we know better that having wrong opinions constitutes literal violence.

  • blcartwright||

    A few years ago I felt sure that although there were still some racist individuals, we had done away with institutional racism. Honestly, what college in existence wanted to exclude blacks?

    But now, all of the SJWs get out their microscopes to prove that Yes! There is institutional racism!

    I reckon they didn't feel safe facing a life where they would not be a victim.

  • MJGreen - Docile Citizen||

    allow me to help you out. This is not funny, and this is not okay.

    Thanks, Mackenzie! By the way, your first name is Mackenzie. Allow me to help you out: that's an awful first name and you should change it.

  • Hugh Akston||

    I've known a couple of girls named Mackenzie. They were standup babes.

  • Ted S.||

    I'm sure Mackenzie Phillips could help you score some really good drugs. :-)

  • cavalier973||

    Three-syllable names are problematic; they force other people to spend time speaking and/or writing the name, which draws extra attention to the person, attention that IS subsequently denied to other people.

    Also, speaking a polysyballic name creates more carbon in the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming AND global cooling.

  • cavalier973||

    Three-syllable names are problematic; they force other people to spend time speaking and/or writing the name, which draws extra attention to the person, attention that IS subsequently denied to other people.

    Also, speaking a polysyballic name creates more carbon in the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming AND global cooling.

  • Inigo Montoya, Micro-Aggressor||

    Global warming AND global cooling, huh? In other words, you are suggesting the two may cancel each other out and lead to a climatological homeostasis. You are a climate change denier. DENIER!! Burn him!!

  • cavalier973||

    I wei gh much more than a duck. Especially since I just finished off this little Caesar's pizza

  • DarrenM||

    Wouldn't burning him just add more carbon to the atmosphere?

  • SimonJester||

    Also, please point out that Mackenzie is an inappropriate name for any woman, and any person not 100% Scottish. It means "Son of Kenzie" alternately: "Son of a Warrior," and "Son of the fair man." Just to be clear.

  • GILMORE™||

    I've seen a lot of the "co-opting the tactics of the Victim Mongers" in conservative media, and this idea that "White Identity Politics" is now seen as a way of 'pushing back' on college campus by using the SJW own M.O.

    I don't think its a good idea at all, and i think it probably serves to legitimize the Identity Politics narratives more than anything.

    IOW, I don't think 'fighting fire with fire' actually works in these culture-war battles. It just means more stupid conflagrations over nothing. It also just serves to provide the morons who pretend to speak on behalf of the 'oppressed' a sense of validation by giving them a tangible 'enemy' rather than the amorphous CISHETCAUCASIANPATRIARCHY thing they're usually whining about.

    I think what the Princeton people were doing - the "open campus coalition" thing - is actually the better long-term solution that will defang the SocJus people. What i'm interested in seeing is how the faculty of these colleges react to the idea of taking a principled stand for "Free Speech, Open Inquiry, Reason above Pathos, Intellectual Pluralism over Groupthink"....

    my expectation is that they'll initially try and split the difference - nod to "the principles", but pander to the whiners. But i think putting the debate in those terms... rather than playing to the White vs. Other game.... is how 'reason' prevails.

    drink

  • Spartacus||

    The AAUP put out a statement about trigger warnings last year that is worth a look (even though it is a bit long-winded).

  • Zeb||

    I think this is about right. Using the tactics of the victim mongers is just as unhelpful and counterproductive as the activities of the victim mongers. The problem, as I see it, is largely with people sowing division. Forming a white student union is just making that worse.

    Of course, you can't win. White people saying that race just isn't part of their identity will be called another example of privilege.

  • ||

    Yes, the whole 'white student union' thing is just too close, conceptually, to the 'white separtism', 'white power', racism of people like Randy Weaver (not that what happened to him was justified). You don't want to resemble that in any way.

    All you will do is give the SJW an example to say"LOOK! There really are white supremacists on campus!" thereby validating their entire worldview.

  • ||

    The white student unions popping up are pure troll genius.

    ^This.

  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    Maybe in twenty years people will have learned not to call the cops or rely on them for anything honest and trustworthy.

  • blcartwright||

    We have been trained to never try doing things ourselves. Always call the authorities to do it for you.

  • pan fried wylie||

    the mom who loves him more than we do

    Whaaat's love got to do, got to do with it?

  • Ted S.||

    Name and shame the neighbor who called 911.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Her neighbors called 911 when they saw the kid outside.

    You know what scares me about this shit? We don't just have to fix government, we have to fix everyone. And people wonder why I own a pessimist's mug.

  • Scarecrow & WoodChipper Repair||

    A coercive all-encompassing government encourages these actions. Government sets itself up as the only way to do things, and makes doing things for yourself so difficult, that people default to thinking everything has to be done by government.

    I used to just think government was incompetent like all bureaucracies. Then I graduated to thinking government was a control freak wet dream adn attracted the wrong people. I have since come to the position that the mere existence of coercive monopolistic government is an inherent evil, even if it were run by angels.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    There's certainly an argument to be made that if you called 911 to report a child playing outside, and no one showed up, that this shit would stop.

    Unfortunately, noisy citizen activism goads these public institutions into acting on this shut, so yeah, Obama's essentially right, the government is us.

  • croaker||

    No, I want the cops to show up: To arrest the busybody for abuse of the 911 system.

  • Robert||

    Unfortunately it seems the way we have to fix everyone is to make the world more dangerous. That lowers expect'ns.

    Same as to get rid of the impulse to redistribute we have to make everyone poorer.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    "If this happened 20 years ago, we wouldn't be here. There wouldn't be a criminal case filed," said Hendron's attorney.

    You know what else wouldn't get you thrown into jail 20 years ago?

  • croaker||

    Incest.

  • Real American||

    Mom's lucky she didn't get shot

  • Robert||

    On general ground in a big city, nobody would blink at this. In a gated complex, apparently so. The more you increase safety, the more you raise the floor.

  • chipper me timbers||

    is it too soon to talk about wood chippers again?

  • mockmock||

    Last time I was in a "poor" neighborhood there were unsupervised kids running all over having a whale of a time. I'm sure everyone here remembers that that was the way it was.

  • Troglodyte Rex||

    Mom should be serving 25 to life for slow torturing Gladys Kravitz after that horseshit.

  • Alan@.4||

    Strikes me as pure, unadulterated "miadre del torro". One wonders what the children of these so concerned individuals were or might be up to, while their parents concern themselves with others . As to the role of the police in this fiasco, aren't robberies of "The Overland Stage Coach" demanding their attention?

  • Almanian's Rusty Woodchipper||

    It'd be fun to fuck with the shithead neighbors who called it in, in any way I could. And not get caught. Cause I'm good at that.

    Juuust make their life enough hell for being such pants-shitting, busybody fucktards. Cause they earned it.

    That'd be fun.

  • AD-RtR/OS!||

    PRD's, and the HA's that accompany them, are havens for crypto-Nazi's, and should be avoided at all costs.
    Everyone involved in this needs to take a step back and imagine what their reaction would be if the shoe was on their foot, and we have so many contemporaneous examples of officials behaving badly, it is not out of the question - after all, everyone commits 3-felonies every day!

  • patskelley||

    And while Mommy gets to experience life in a jail cell little Tommyhawk gets to experience life in foster care. If someone did this to me for allowing my kids to roam free-range I seriously would move out to the country - or to another country.

  • ||

    The fact that it was a GATED apartment complex should be enough to make this okay.
    When I was 3-4 I would play in the playgrounds at our townhome complex, basically 100 feet from our door, and it wasn't even gated. Note that this was an internal playground, not something near a road. The parking lots were set off to one side and the playground were surrounded by blocks of houses.
    It might be a little concerning if the playground was right next to the parking lot, but in this case, it's GATED, so it would be very difficult for a child molestor to sneak in and abduct a kid.

  • Copernicus would chip||

    "And doesn't the boy's mother have the right to make that choice?"

    No! Pro Choice is reserved for pre-birth murder. Don't try to appropriate liberal culture.

  • Copernicus would chip||

    Tom O'Hawk.

    orphaned Irish kid raised by Cherokees.

    Would make a great 60's TV show.

  • mswen||

    Thank you, to the media. Especially Cable News. Nine out of 10 people think the world is a much more dangerous place for children today than it was 20, 30, 50, 100 years ago, when in fact the exact opposite is true. Violent crime has been falling significantly, but 30 years ago you wouldn't have heard about a kidnapping unless it was local. Now they are sensationalized, national news. So you never see kids playing outside anymore, except in poor neighborhoods, because "Good" parents refuse to let their children out of their sight. Then, of course, we blame school lunches for making children fat.

  • Tionico||

    When government becomes god, then the most effective means of making supplications, requests, petitions, etc, to that god is by way of the telephone... talking to god now becomes a frequent exercise. Thus when anyone sees a situation they deem needs "help" or "set right", one early response is to simply pray to that government/god. Taking up one's devices in ones hand and marking 911 will almost always bring exactly the needed solution to bear on the percieved "problem". Such specific and rapid "results" serves to encourage employing this solution more readily in future. The supplicants also quickly learn that no one need bother one's self with taking direct action or becoming involved in any situation. Simly mark 911 and "god" will be swift to act on your behalf.

    I believe this woman's best way forward is to simply relocate into a different state. I don't think Nevada have yet got that insane when it comes to parents raising and training children to be responsible and self-actuated.

  • josh||

    indiana, despite the press coverage, is still pretty normal. that's mainly just because we don't have much to do though.

  • dchang0||

    When and where I grew up (pop. 200,000), all the kids were encouraged to go outdoors every day and play till suppertime. All the neighborhood kids rode all over on our bikes, even going way out into the wilderness. Kids learned to shoot at very young ages (8 years old for me), and people freely carried guns around without anyone freaking out.

    We didn't see far more kidnappings then than now, nor did we see more mass shootings. Our neighbors went on vacation for two weeks and left their front door open with just the unlocked screen door closed and didn't worry at all. Once, I went to the store 5 miles away on my own without needing to tell my parents (to buy a pocketknife, of all things, which I carried daily, even to school, and the teachers didn't even care).

    Nowadays, in my hometown, everything's changed. Guns and kids are no longer all over the place--they are locked up at home. Crime is generally LOWER now than it was before, but everyone's terrified of their own shadow. Carry a knife to school and get hit with a zero-tolerance expulsion.

    How do we as a society get back to those times before when people weren't as paranoid and fearful as they seem to be now? What steps would we have to take?

    I just can't see myself raising a kid in America at this time. It seems like there isn't any way to raise them the way I was raised.

  • Enemy of the State||

    If she should be arrested for anything it should be for naming her kid Tomahawk...

  • RRiver||

    This the nanny state at its finest. If law enforcement spent more time chasing real criminals instead of dilly dallying around with issues like this, and harmless pot smokers, who 9 out of 10 times are harmless, then we wouldn't have to worry about the safety of our children in the back yard, or on the play ground, and the likes of what this mother was charged with would be a mute point.

  • dconlaw1||

    fight the nanny state

  • John C. Randolph||

    The neighbor who reported Hendren hoped the mom would just get a warning.

    That would be the craven little shit who didn't even voice its concerns to the innocent woman in question, but reached for the phone to call in the nanny state, right?

    That scumbag should be flogged.

    -jcr

  • Cloudbuster||

    Sounds like it's time for that family to move, quickly and quietly, to another state.

  • Lorenzo Zoil||

    Oh good, now she can add an evading charge.

  • wFt||

    911, cell phones, built in cameras, social media, and an evolving rubric of show and tell has been transforming our social fabric for the past decade. None of these things are inherently bad, but the effect on our society is increasingly adverse. I see not see us as remaining the land of the free unless some substantial push back occurs and we reclaim our privacy and right to self determination [and that most definitely includes how we raise our children].

  • jdgalt||

    This sounds like a case ACLU ought to take up. But somehow I doubt they give a hoot.

  • muskegonlibertarian||

    "Big Brother" was fiction. However "Big Nanny Government" is real!

    And "She" has State and Local counterparts...

    The role of "government" today far exceeds what government (at all levels) what our "Founders" intended it to be.

  • Sonya Hendren||

    Crowdfunding for my legal expenses:
    http://igg.me/at/CUkdUrt9kIY

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