Woman Who Beat Up Drug Dealer With a Baseball Bat Was Just Being a Good Mom

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baseballThat fabled mama bear instinct is real. You know the one: Mess with a mother's child and prepare to have your ass handed to you. In the most recent example, a Missouri woman was found guilty of beating her son's drug dealer with a baseball bat. Crazy, right?

Sherrie Gavan did everything she possibly could to keep her heroin-addicted son from getting his next fix. She slept next to him as he went through withdrawal, put him in a different school, and even made him go to work with her. He just couldn't stay clean. Her last hope? Cutting off his drug source and the person she deemed responsible for her family hell. She hunted down his drug dealer and beat the crap out of him.

Convicted at trial, she now faces a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Seriously? If anyone deserves a get out of jail free card, it’s this mom. Yes, she committed a crime, but this is what I would call extenuating circumstances. She was actually doing a public service as far as I’m concerned. I don't know any mother who wouldn't at least think about doing the exact same thing. It's a natural instinct -- to protect and, in some extreme circumstances, punish those who've harmed your child.

I can't help but feel sorry for her. It was brave to do what she did. Confronting a drug dealer certainly couldn't have been the safest option. But I understand the need to act, to feel as though you are helping your kid in a significant way, especially when everything else you've done seemed to have failed. And though her future is uncertain, she doesn't appear to have any regrets. The most important thing to her is that her son is now clean.

Do you think this mom was wrong for beating up her son's dealer?


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LostS... LostSoul88

well... she is in the wrong. It's not like the drug dealer was threatening him. She tracked him down and beat him. Not she will we probably be killed once the guy recovers. Leaving her son motherless. If she cared so much she should have got the hell out of dodge and moved away from the source. 

Happy... Happydad73

Wow. This 'brave mom' went after the drug dealer because her crack head son (yes I know it was heroine) just couldn't stay clean. Great, she cuts it off at the source and now her problems are solved. Oh wait, now she may be in jail for a year so she can't help her son. And now he just goes to the next dealer and gets it so is she just gonna keep going down the line? She is not a hero. A hero would have worked to get the dealer off the streets. Now she is the only one going to jail. I guess the crazed, rabid momma bear got put down cause she couldn't think with a clear head.

Kediset Kediset

that was a really bad choice... for one thing now she's at risk of being targeted by the dealer or some other guy. secondly, how exactly does that help her son when there are other dealers out there?

nonmember avatar Kelly

The woman went to confront the dealer, a long time "friend" of her son, and he came after her with a brick. She claimed self-defense. The prosecutor argued that she went, bat in hand, and intended to do harm. She is most likely going to get probation! She had repeatedly told the dealer to stay away and he was harrassing her son. She had enough and was determined to save her son.

nonmember avatar Kelly

Since the incident, the man she beat has been convicted of theft and drug possession. He has also stayed away from her son, who is still clean and just graduated high school with good grades. People forget the amount of influence a "friend" can have on young people. This mother was done with it and right or wrong - it worked.

nonmember avatar IslandMomOf4

What you send out into this world (actions etc) they always come back to you. Seems like this guy sent out lots of bad vibes and then they came back to him. It does seems she tried many different ways to help her son. Was it the politically correct motherly way to handle it, no. I bet he doesn't mess with her kid anymore!

chips... chipsnhow

Good job mom, i would do the same thing ,go to jail and do it again if necessary.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I would have moved.

Gigi Jones

I think she was in the right! as a mom , I would do it too. If more people started doing it ....maybe we could take our streets an kids back

nonmember avatar Ashley

To all those women saying "I would have just moved" have you been exposed to the real world at all? Have you ever had to move even across town??? Not everyone can leave their job and their lives and uproot everything and leave. That is just stupid

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