A 3-month-old baby girl from Maine is dead and a 10-year-old girl is being charged with manslaughter in connection with her death. The 10-year-old's mother was supposed to be watching the baby overnight. Instead the baby was in the 10-year-old's room. By morning, the baby was dead.
According to Nicki Greenaway (the mother of the 3-month-old), her daughter had ingested some pills and been suffocated.
This case is unimaginably awful and tragic. A 10-year-old is charged with manslaughter, but what about her mother? Wasn't she the adult, the ACTUAL babysitter? Wasn't she the responsible party? Sick as this child might be, it is ultimately the adult in charge who is at fault. Who leaves a 3-month-old alone in a room overnight with her own minor daughter?
Greenaway left her daughter with a trusted babysitter. She also told the sitter that her baby was only to be cared for by adults and that the 10-year-old was not to be put in charge of her baby. In the past, the 10-year-old had changed diapers, but she was not supposed to be alone with the baby.
As moms, our mission is to protect our children. A good mother wouldn't make her elementary school age daughter responsible for the life of an infant. It's just negligence.
At 10, I wasn't ready to be left alone with my sister who was 2 years old. I wasn't mature enough to treat her well.
There is no way a 10-year-old is solely responsible for this tragedy. She deserves to be charged with something; after all, she is accused of an egregious crime. But her mother ought to share some blame.
Maybe someday, not that long from now, this 10-year-old will mature and she will have to face the horrific crime she committed, all because her mother didn't protect her from herself.
It's a horrible waste and a tragedy.
Do you think the mom of the accused girl is at fault, too?