Judge Orders Abusive Mom of 4 to Stop Having Kids
This sounds like the idea of the decade, folks. A judge has ordered a woman not to have any more children. And before you get all irate about the right of the uterus (and lord knows I can get irate about that!), in this particular instance, the judge sounds like he knows what he's doing. The woman, Kimberly Lightsey, 30, already has four young children. And that hasn't gone so well.
Lightsey was arrested after reportedly leaving her four kids, ranging in age from 1 to 11, alone in a hotel room while she went out to party. One of her kids was found flipped upside down in a stroller in the hallway. The other three were found alone in a hotel room and the room was reportedly filled with trash and was a complete disaster. Cops waited for the woman, who didn't arrive back at the hotel until 3 a.m. She was arrested.
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The Florida mother of four was already on probation stemming from child abuse charges a few years earlier. She'd been accused of hitting her 6-year-old son in the face with a belt. One of her children has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
The judge sentenced Lightsey to two years house arrest and 13 years of probation for child neglect -- but this plea deal, which included no jail time, depends on her not having any more children. She also cannot have "unsupervised contact" with any minors. All of which makes you wonder how exactly she is going to support four kids with being under house arrest (hello, can't travel to a job) and not having unsupervised contact with minors (hello, hope she has a husband or full-time caregiver who can stay in her house). Seriously, I have NO idea how any of this is realistic.
The kids are with relatives for now, but did these relatives even want four children, one of which needs constant care? However ... the not having more kids part? Good idea!
The judge also said Kimberly can have kids in the future provided she fulfills her probation. In 13 years, Lightsey will be 43, so it's fairly unlikely -- unless she breaks probation -- that she'll have any more children. Which sounds about right.
Do you think a judge has a right to tell women not to have kids?
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