Parents of Baby at 'Dark Knight' Massacre Need Compassion Not Judgment (VIDEO)

baby shoesI was horrified to wake up this morning to the news about the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Denver. I grew up in Aurora and used to get my Hello Kitty fix at that same mall. But the most heartbreaking part of this story, to me, is that there were children at that theater

Among the reports was this shocking detail: The youngest person injured was a 4-month-old baby. OMG! Thankfully it turns out that may have been a FALSE report. I'm hearing that the baby was not injured, just taken to the hospital, treated, and released.

Meanwhile someone on my Facebook stream said she was baffled as to why there would be a 4-month-old at a midnight movie. Are we really doing that already -- judging the parents who brought that baby?

It's not what I ever did, but it's pretty common. Parents sometimes bring their babies to the movies. If you happen to have a heavy sleeper (and your baby would have to be a really heavy sleeper to make it through a loud action movie like Dark Knight), it just makes sense to bring the baby with you and let her sleep rather than paying for a sitter. Hopefully if the baby wakes, you're considerate of the other audience members and you step outside the theater. But anyway, most 4-month-old babies are not exactly on the kind of bedtime schedule school-aged kids get on. Who cares what time they're up?

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But worse than that, this is just an incredibly insensitive time to be wagging disapproving fingers at the parents of children who were in that theater. Apparently there were other kids there. And so what? When a parent weighs the risk of taking their kids to a midnight movie, they're not considering the possibility that there might be a shooter there! It's summer. School is not in session.

Parents of kids who were in the theater last night need our support and compassion right now. Not our judgment. 

**Update on baby** Jamie Rohrs describes how he felt holding his baby, Ethan, as James Holmes opened fire on the audience.

Have you ever taken a baby to the movies late at night?


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junio... juniorsmommy84

I think the real question should be why did he put his son down and run out of the theatre, get in his car and leave? When patricia was on the floor a 19yr old man named Jarrell Brooks helped her and her two kids out of the theatre and he got shot in the process. How is it that he left his family in there to die and a complete stranger came to her rescue? Once they were interviewed they neglected to mention how she and the kids got out of the theatre. Not giving credit where it was due. Another issue that annoys me is that Jamie Rohrs proposed to Patricia after the incident. She accepted. I'm sorry something seems wrong about that. If he didnt protect her and the kids then what makes her think it's going to change after they are married?

nonmember avatar Michelle

Leave your brats at home!!!! Not everyone thinks they are are as wonderful as you do. I get a babysitter for my 8year so I can get a break! The last thing I want is to go to a movie at an adult time and have to listen to your kids. Geez people what the hell is wrong with you!?!?

Stephanie Danielle Olivero

I work at night and plan to keep my kids on a night time schedule until that changes.  Having your kid up late doesn't make you Satan.  Now, if your kid is used to being up during the day and you keep them up way past bedtime it might make everyone a bit miserable.

Dee Horn

My son went everywhere I went even to a late movie at 6 weeks old. He was breastfeed and had sleep apnea. No way would I leave him with a sitter. I slept with him in the same bed and my hand on his chest. I had to wake him several times a night to get him to breathing again. Does that make me a bad parent for taking him to a late noisy movie?

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