Brittainy Labberton, 21, has two kids and is pregnant with her third, but the second that baby exits the womb, she isn't headed to her mother's arms.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Brittainy has a severe eating disorder -- so severe that she thinks her 2-year-old and 5-month-old are too fat to eat. Her older child was so hungry that when the authorities gave her food, she ate it so fast that she choked.
The baby had been removed from the home and placed in foster care, but on one of her visits with her mother, Brittainy fed her a bottle laced with laxatives.
Clearly, no child is safe with this family. And the unborn child is at risk. The Labbertons are told to contact social services when she goes into labor, and when the child is born, she will go into protective custody.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say how much I support this decision. I feel for this mother who clearly has body issues beyond anything I could imagine. I have had them myself and I know what a struggle they can be, but that is no excuse not to feed your child. It sounds to me like she probably needs years of therapy and intense work around her issues before she can successfully parent.
It's our responsibility as parents to rise above our own crap and help our children to be healthy, happy people. If we can't do that and we insist on passing our own neuroses on to them, to the point where they're being malnourished, then yes. Please state, do step in.
What do you think of this case?
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