A mom is dead and her 3-year-old who walked a mile alone down a busy road to get help is being hailed as a hero today. What kind of world are we living in, folks? Cops have named the 3-year-old's father, Johnny Lashawn Shipman, as their chief suspect in the murder of mom Kristi Lynne Delaney.
If it's true, that means a little girl's own father killed her mom and then left her, the 3-year-old, to deal with the aftermath. Alone.
I'm outraged first and foremost by the murder of an innocent woman. Delaney didn't deserve to die. But the horror visited upon a 3-year-old left to deal with her dead mom's body comes in a very close second on the outrage meter.
Cops say the little girl walked all the way to her grandmother's house and told Grandma she couldn't get her mom to wake up. She was lucky to make it that far -- who knows what could have happened to a toddler alone on a busy road. She could have been hit and killed herself! And that would be another death on the monster who left her alone to deal with something even grown-ups aren't prepared to handle.
Cops aren't saying whether she identified her father as the perpetrator, although investigators have said they believe the little girl witnessed the slaying of her mom.
For her sake, I hope she didn't know it was her Dad. It's going to be hard enough growing up without a mom, and if cops are right, her dad is likely looking at a long, long time in jail. In essence, this child will be orphaned if Dad goes to prison.
The trauma of finding her mom's body will stay with her long enough; she doesn't need memories of her dad doing the deed to haunt her too.
The search is on for the dad, who has an arrest record that includes battery, burglary, and drug charges, plus orders of protection filed against him by the mom. Here's hoping they can bring him in soon.
What do you think should be the punishment here?
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