When you hear that phrase, "What is wrong with people nowadays?!" it seems to apply to stories like these. I think it's fair to say that the vast majority of us, if our friend was having a massive asthma attack, would call 911. Or drive her to the hospital. Or something. But one person is in jail and three others are facing charges in Pickens County, Georgia, after their beautiful 20-year-old friend, Taylor Smith, reportedly suffered an asthma attack while hanging out with her pals. After her death, these so-called friends dumped her lifeless body on the side of the road. With friends like those, you really need some laws!
Reportedly, the friends were with Taylor, a former cheerleader, when she began suffering an asthma attack, from which she'd suffered her whole life, and they tried to "revive" her by putting her in a cold shower.
When that didn't work, they drove her body to an empty mobile home and dumped it on the lawn. Said Taylor's heartbroken mother, Tanya, who is a police officer:
She didn't deserve just to be dumped on the side of the road, just because they didn't know what else to do. As a mother, I'm so angry, so angry that they treated her the way that they did ... There was a thousand other scenarios they could have done.
Lest you think these are all young kids who maybe panicked -- two of the suspects were well into middle age. One, Marty Gaddis, is 38. The other, Denise Patterson, is 51. They're being charged with concealing a death, abandonment of a body, tampering with evidence, and drug charges.
Since there's drug charges in there, perhaps the older pals thought calling an ambulance for a dying friend might expose their drug usage. One reason that it's good to have laws that protect people from drug charges if they bring someone who has overdosed to the hospital -- though police say that Taylor died from a seizure or asthma attack, not drugs.
If it can be proved that these people stood by and let Taylor die, they should be charged with that too. These were supposed friends. How do you dump your friend's body on the side of the road after doing nothing to help save her life?
Well, apparently some people do do it. And they deserve to be punished. Harshly.
Taylor's mom hopes that young people will take this as a lesson to pick their friends wisely, saying: "If Taylor was with people who truly loved her, she'd be alive today."
Do you think the "friends" deserve jail time?
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