And now news of the weird and awful -- courtesy of two parents in Virginia. Nancy and Michael Gillikin were charged with felony child neglect after local authorities responded to claims that two of their four children were tottering around on the roof of their home in the rain, unsupervised. Authorities safely brought the children down and arrested the parents.
But the Gillikins -- who were found asleep in their bedroom by the police -- say that isn't how it happened at all. They claim that the police are lying and that all four of their children were safe and sound the entire time. They say they've been falsely accused. They're making it sound like the police have some sort of vendetta against them, which sounds totally suspect and not just a little bit paranoid.
Their claim doesn't ring true to me for one simple reason: Why would the cops go to all this trouble to make up such a shocking story? It makes no sense. It's not as if they don't have enough crime to contend with, it serves no point to drum up charges against one family inexplicably. I'd also like to take this opportunity to point out that this is not the first time the Gillikins have been in trouble with the law where their children are concerned.
In 2010, the couple was charged with child abuse, though those charges were reduced -- if not completely dismissed. It definitely calls into question their wild story. If they are trying to prove that they are good parents with this tale, they need to rethink their plan. If anything they are proving the opposite: They are seemingly incapable of admitting that they have been at fault. When police have found two your children -- both under the age of 4 -- running around on your roof, it's time to check your ego, admit fault, and do what you need to in order to get your act together.
Do you think there's any truth to the parents' story?
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