Two young children were found living in a storage locker in Ewing, New Jersey. The narrow shed was unheated and filthy. Their mother was reportedly arrested after slashing the tires of her ex-boyfriend's car, and told police that her two sons, ages 5 and 10, were still in the shed. I can tell you that this is probably the best thing that could have happened to them -- hopefully now they will be put in foster care and given a chance at a life. Storage sheds are not unheard of places for parents to try and bring up their children -- two years ago, six children were found living in a storage shed in Houston.

Obviously, a storage shed is no place to bring up kids. Although they might be climate controlled, they're still cold in winter; there's little room; no toilets or sinks or showers. So why would a woman do this?

Beyond being financially destitute, it's quite possible the woman is mentally ill. I know a woman who was also brought up in a storage shed with her siblings by her parents. The woman only managed to escape it when she became old enough to get a job and move out on her own. She taught herself to read and write. She is now amazingly a well-adjusted adult who makes a good living as a writer. And yet her story is so shocking, people often don't believe it.

The 27-year-old mother in this case has been arrested and the children are in care of social services. She apparently admitted that she and the children had been living in those conditions for at least a month. If she hadn't slashed her ex's tires, they would have probably lived there for a lot longer.

Granted, maybe this woman couldn't find a job. Maybe she was desperate. But if she's off slashing her ex's tires, then she's got her priorities all screwed up. Less time thinking about her ex and more time thinking about how to get herself and her children a home would have been in order.

I hope the kids aren't given back unless this woman really gets her stuff together -- and I have a feeling that isn't going to happen right away. Maybe not ever. No child deserves to grow up this way.

What do you think could make the mom do this?

 


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