Every mom has the occasional bad day, right? Especially a mom with two toddlers running around the house. It's a tough gig, no doubt. That said, I can't imagine what level of havoc a 1-year-old and 3-year-old could possibly wreak that would be terrible enough to make their mom call 911. Requesting a police officer to come, and I quote, "Scare the sh*t out of my kids." That's exactly what 27-year-old Melissa Townsend of Florida did this week, however, explaining to the (presumably horrified and/or bewildered) dispatcher that police intervention was required because her children were "not listening to me and they need to learn respect. They need to learn that lesson."
Oh, dear. Of course the authorities did indeed pay a visit to Townsend's home, and it's probably a good thing they did ...
Because instead of outrageously unruly tots, what police officers found was a drunk and disorderly mom. Who "kicked an officer in the groin multiple times" when they tried to arrest her. Townsend was booked on various charges including child neglect and battery on a law enforcement officer; her kids are reportedly staying with relatives.
Okay. So, obviously what this mom did was incredibly messed up and scary and makes one worry for the safety and future of those two kids. But didn't anyone around her see this kind of episode coming? Clearly Townsend is unstable and most likely has been for some time -- you don't just go from being completely sane and centered to calling the cops on your toddlers overnight. I'm not trying to make excuses for the woman, but I'm willing to bet she could use a little more support in life. Fine, a lot more.
From the sound of her voice in this video, she does not sound anywhere close to okay:
Hopefully some good will come of this incident -- hopefully, Townsend will get help. Whatever happens, I just hope her kids stay safe.
Can you imagine calling 911 on your toddlers?
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