Mom Drives & Texts With Baby on Her Lap .... Grrr

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A mother of six children was pulled over in Torrance, California this week for texting. While driving. With an unrestrained baby in her lap. Is your jaw on the floor yet?

Shawndeeia Bowen was driving with the baby on her lap on the 405 freeway in California when a concerned citizen called police. While normally, I think people need to mind their own business regarding other people's parenting, in this case, I think the person is practically a hero.

Because not only did Bowen have her cellphone in hand and the baby on her lap, she also had a 2- and 4-year-old in the backseat with no seat belts on. This mother of six was committing child abuse, plain and simple.

Since having my children, I can't count the number of times I have been told by some well meaning person, "In my day we didn't have car seats." Well guess what? We have car seats for a reason. And not using them at all? Is child abuse.

Yep, that's right. What she was doing was abusing her children.

If she had had to brake suddenly, then what? Or what if there had been an accident. All those children would have been killed, the baby crushed by his or her unrestrained mother. She was endangering their lives and neglecting their safety.

She was breaking so many laws, it's hard to limit it to just one. But the worst is she was endangering not only every child in her car, but every child in every other car.

The fact is, part of good parenting is a good car seat. There is a reason they won't let you leave the hospital without one. This means no used car seats, no car seats from 1984, and no car seats that aren't made for children the right weight and size. There are updates to laws and regulations often. Follow them. Educate yourself. Did you know that children should now face backwards until the age of 2? If not, you should.

Parent need to be serious about car safety. We can control so many things in our kids' lives, but we can't control how other people drive. We owe it to our kids to make sure they are in the safest seats, buckled up tight. Anything less than that is negligent. What this woman did was criminal.

Do you think this is child abuse?



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Desir... Desireesmom2011

It's not child abuse It's child endangerment. Even though they are both horrible things there is a difference. and WTF WAS SHE THINKING???? Its sad how common sence isn't so common anymore.


Momma... MommaGreenhalge

There are no words for that kind of stupidity.

femal... femaleMIKE

I just facebooked her and she is ghetto.

One of her beautiful babies is named "gorjaus" (gorgeous?) she wanted to name her Beautiful but I guess its a nickname instead. 

She got pictures of her booty up. 


butte... butterflyfreak

If you read the article, at the bottom there's a correction stating that of the 3 children in the car, only 2 were here, the 3rd was a friend's child. I don't know bout y'all but if that was my "friend" driving around with my kid unrestrained, I'd have gone BALLISTIC on her dumb ass!

butte... butterflyfreak

Heather, really? You just had to put that out there, huh? I'm not going to call you racist, because that's what you're expecting. But I am going to say that a comment like that just makes you look like the stupid one here.

Melis... Melissa042807

It's dang stupid is what it is. I would looooove to have been the cop who pulled her over so I could hear her explanation. Must have been a doozy!

navyw... navywife0204

if the third was a friend's child, where was that child's seat?  shouldn't that mom have moved the seat in to her friend's car with her child?  Also if she knew her friend's kids weren't restrained, WTF, would she allow her child to ride with her?

femal... femaleMIKE

Us black people just aren't educated like you heather. (Sarcasm)

jkaloole jkaloole

This is obviously a case of racial profiling.

nonmember avatar Jay

Heather, it wouldn't have surprised me if it was a white person either. I read tons of "dumb parenting" stories about white peope all the time. I'm sure you do as well. The fact that you latched onto the woman's race in this instance, when it really has no relevance or relation to the story, actually does suggest that you're racist. I'm sure plenty of other white people read this and found it of little consequence that the woman is black.

And jkaloole, there are probably more sophisticated ways to communicate your well-informed (I'm sure) opinion that racial profiling is some kind of imaginary phenomenon.

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