Nineteen-year-old new mom Shayla Crews was in tears throughout her entire delivery. But not for the reasons you might expect. Shayla was so weepy because her boyfriend -- and father of her baby -- 19-year-old Maceo Saunders had not been present to witness the birth of their new child. To be fair, Maceo has a pretty good reason for not being there. He had been arrested by police while driving his laboring girlfriend to the hospital.
Apparently, while driving Shayla to the hospital, he became concerned that he wasn't going to make it there in time. Doing the responsible thing, he pulled over and flagged down a police officer. He was looking for some help and possibly an escort to the hospital. Instead of doing this, the police ran a quick check on Maceo and found that not only was he driving with a suspended license, there was also a warrant out for his arrest on assault charges.
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Police gave him a ride, just not the one he expected. They drove him to jail, and it was two days before he got to meet his new son. While clearly the police had every right to arrest him, could they not have waited until after his girlfriend delivered to haul him off? That seems needlessly cruel. His assault charges stemmed from a bar fight, not something like homicide, and he had just been released from a juvenile detention facility and claims not to have known that these other charges still existed.
I have a hard time seeing what good hauling him off right at the scene would do rather than waiting until he AT LEAST got his wife to the hospital. Instead, she had to watch him get arrested and then was whisked away to the hospital in an ambulance. You can claim that Maceo was a flight risk, I guess, but his actions leading up to his arrest seem to indicate otherwise. Would a guy planning to run away from the police go out of his way to flag them down? Hardly. If Maceo was planning on turning a new leaf, helping out the mother of his child would have been a good start. Too bad the police prevented that from happening.
Do you think the cops did the right thing, or were they too severe?
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