A woman in Chicago tried to leave her 3-year-old son at a police station because she didn't want him anymore. Tierra Aldridge, 24, told officers if they didn't take him, she'd leave him on a curb.
"Maybe he'll get killed or raped or something,"she told them before trying to leave.
Her first mistake (at least as far as this specific incident goes) -- threatening police officers.
The second was walking into a police station with drugs in her possession.
Officers, who followed the woman out of the station, found them and arrested her. She was charged with "endangering the life of a child and possession of a controlled substance".
I get the drug charges, but endangering the life of a child? It seems to me that she was trying to do at least something right.
While she certainly could have gone about it in a different way, and an officer did offer to help her contact Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, at least she tried to help her son instead of countless other things desperate parents do to their children.
I hate the message this case sends to other mothers who may be in a place as dark as the one in which Aldridge clearly was. I would hate to think any child was neglected and abused because a mother feared the repercussions of getting help.
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