What would possess a person to leave their children, meaning babies, home alone? That's a question that could be asked of Tricha Speights of Omaha, NE. She left her 2-year-old son and her 3-month-old daughter alone in their apartment. Two-year-olds are generally not the best baby-sitters, as seen in this instance.
While mommy was gone, the little boy sprayed bleach on the baby's face, causing first degree burns and possible vision damage. How's that suit you, mom? Way to go. Idiot parenting of the day award for you. Just look at the little guy; he clearly didn't know better.
What led this woman to think it would be fine for her to just leave such young children home by themselves? How long were they left and how often does this occur? The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services should probably keep an extra close eye on this situation. While it doesn't really matter whether she left them to go get groceries or diapers or if she had to go find a fix, the fact remains that she is not a responsible parent.
Tricha Speights pled no contest to two misdemeanor counts of negligent child abuse and was sentenced to 18 months of probation, which seems to be the common sentence for child abuse or neglect cases in Nebraska. Do you think this is enough of a punishment? If authorities don't start cracking down on child abusers, how far will it get? How many children will die because DHHS can't keep up?