All of us have made some horrendous mistake as parents that could have, or did, cause harm to our baby. Here's mine: I was rocketing down the expressway with my son in the car, glanced back at him in the rear view mirror....and realized I had not strapped him into his car seat. I still start shaking when I think of what could have happened.
So it's difficult for me to judge Angelina, who was in prison for selling drugs, which she did to feed her own addiction, and was pregnant when she was sentenced. Like most of the moms in this series, she was allowed to keep her baby with her in the prison nursery. But that didn't last long.
After a Halloween party, she was getting him ready for his bath and put him in his crib without raising the side, and he rolled out and ended up with a broken kneecap. He was taken from her, and she was devastated.
But here's where the benefits of keeping moms with their babies becomes apparent. Angelina got out a little early, and instead of going right back to the streets, she realized she needed to get her life on track. So she joined up with the program that also took in her son when she was in prison, called Hour Children, and is off drugs and working to become a substance abuse counselor.
Check out the video below; as Angelina says, "it's all about love."
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