Ever had one of those days when you could really use a drink? Here's how not to enjoy your alcoholic beverage of choice: in a bar while your 1- and 4-year-old children are left outside in the car in 30-degree weather. That's what cops say a mom did in Florida (yes, it can get down to 30 at night in the Sunshine State) this week.
Cops in Volusia County say Cheryn Scaggs even propped a visor on the windshield of her car to make sure that no one would take a peek inside and see her daughters. Well, duh, of course if you're the kind of mom who would leave her kids in the freezing cold so you could go drinking, you wouldn't want some Nosy Nelly to actually spot the kids and ruin all your fun, right? Right?
I'm not going to say it was right for Scaggs to allegedly go out drinking while her kids were sitting in a car for two hours in the cold. But that visor really pushes this child abuse case to a whole new level, doesn't it?
If it's true -- as yet Scaggs hasn't been convicted of child neglect charges, although she's been forbidden from drinking alcohol and denied contact with her kids -- the allegations mean that this mom knew what she was doing was wrong, and she did it anyway.
That would mean she didn't run into the bar to grab something, assuming she'd run back out, and then let things get away from her. Instead, if the allegations are true, she very purposely put these kids at risk just so she could get some booze!
From a mom's perspective, it makes me angrier than I already was hearing two kids were left in the cold so mom could get drunk. But a mom's perspective doesn't matter inside a courtroom.
So from a criminal perspective, here's hoping that one detail is enough to really hammer this woman in court. Hey, it shows premeditation, doesn't it? Shows an extra amount of callousness?
Now if only the punishment could involve being stuck in a car in the freezing cold ...
What do you think should be done in this case?
Image via Volusia County Corrections