The first few years of life are the most precious, and the most fragile. Some people fear leaving their littlest ones with a babysitter. Others fear exposing their tots to germs via play groups or just dirty floors. I always had the fear of dropping dead and leaving my little one all alone, with no way to fend for herself.
Now that my kids are older and able to open the fridge and use the phone, I feel like that one might have been a little ridiculous. Then I read a story like this tragic one out of Australia and feel like perhaps I dodged a bullet.
Sadly, a 2-year-old girl was left alone inside her house with her dead mother. By the time authorities discovered her, she was barely alive herself.
While the causes of death are not clear in this case, it does sound like the mother had an unspecified health issue. It reminds me of that scene in Steel Magnolias when Julia Roberts collapses and her baby is found crying on the floor next to her. Just thinking about it gives me chills. The only thing this little girl had near her was Easter candy, and that's what she ate to survive. Still, she was reportedly in horrible shape by the time she was found.
Until our babies are old enough to truly get help when they need it, we're all they've got. I wonder if this single mom had family or friends that knew about her condition, and they just happened to be out of town or had reason to not check in with her and her child. The little girl is with her grandmother now, so at least someone is around to care for that traumatized child.
Additionally, neighbors aren't exactly up in your business like they used to be, so it would make sense that no one around her home would be the wiser about the horrors going on inside as a toddler tried to hang on to life as she was trapped inside with her dead mother.
It's the stuff nightmares are made of, mine especially.
What's your biggest child-related fear?
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