If you were having a perfectly nice morning, my apologies. A mother in Louisiana (if you can call her that), Jami Jo Ranson, was recently arrested after allegedly putting her baby in an ice chest and closing the lid so she'd no longer have to listen to the infant screaming. There's no word on whether or not there was ice in the container, but there was apparently a can of gas.
And the ironic part? The woman still listened to her baby crying, because she reportedly "sat idly by while the infant screamed in terror" from the ice chest.
Details are scant on this horrifying display of parenting, but it sounds like this god-awful incident took place in public. On one hand, it's positively frightening that someone would think this is "okay enough" to do in front of others, but on the other hand -- thank god someone was there to intervene! The witness reportedly stepped in and rescued the baby, who was "continuously screaming," and subsequently called the Baton Rouge police. Ranson was then arrested on probable cause and booked for child desertion. This winner was also found to be in possession of controlled prescription drugs, which warranted additional related charges. The baby, who was thankfully okay, has been placed in the custody of child protective services.
If this story winds up being true, let's hope that this woman never gets her baby back. A person who shoves their crying infant into an ice chest isn't worthy of being a parent. And let's also hope the poor baby never has any recollection of this traumatizing event -- ever.
What do you think of this?
Image via Baton Rouge Police