Anyone who still thinks over-the-counter birth control is a bad idea ... this one's for you. Twenty-one-year-old Arizona mom Jessica Callaway was charged with child abuse for allegedly blowing marijuana smoke into her 10-month-old daughter's mouth to get her to stop crying. Oh, but that's not all! She's also being charged with hitting her daughter in the face and telling her to "shut the f**k up" before she kicked her in the mouth.
The only reason Callaway got caught, by the way, is because her roommate filmed the whole thing on her cellphone and showed it to the police.
Lovely story, no? Callaway explained to authorities that she lost her temper because she was having trouble deciding what to wear for an evening out. Earlier that day, Callaway also posted a Facebook message about "needing a babysitter."
Callaway needs a lot more than a babysitter, I'm afraid.
We all have bad days, but this is clearly a woman -- a girl, really -- who can't handle being a mom. I don't know her history, but I feel comfortable making the assumption that she probably never wanted to be a mom in the first place. Her actions are so hateful, so extreme, that one has to wonder why in the hell she had this baby at all.
Revisiting my original point: This, to me, is a clear case of if only this girl had access to birth control!
And how many others like her are out there?
Of course I could be wrong, perhaps Callaway was starry-eyed with glamorous dreams of the charmed life every young, financially-challenged single mom leads (come on, even MTV makes it look like a drag). Maybe she had a great relationship with her baby's father and he suddenly bailed after the baby was born. Maybe she really did intend to have this baby and try to be a good mom.
Or, more likely, maybe she got knocked up because she either couldn't afford or otherwise access a birth control prescription, and now she has a baby who's getting stoned and beaten before her first birthday.
It's sad, and pointless, and it makes me really angry. And it's too late to go back now.
Do you think Jessica Callaway should be a parent?
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