What were they thinking?

Channel 6 News reports of another child being found alone in a filthy apartment.  The mother, Alexis Green, 22, was arrested on a charge of neglect of a dependent and is being held on a $25,000 bond.

This goes right to the heart of why the foster system is needed.  Parents who, either due to inability, or wanton disregard, leave children in unsafe or unsanitary conditions.  While we personally do not have a problem with a parent going outside while a child is asleep, the conditions reported in the apartment, “the residence was littered with trash and garbage. There did not appear to be any food or a crib in the apartment, officers said” necessitates removal of a child.  The 7 month old boy found in the apartment was placed in the custody of Child Protection Services.

Green advised officers at the scene that she had gone across the street to attend to her other two children.

The system is set up to assist parents such as this in getting control of their lives.  Programs are available to teach young men and women how to be parents.  It is paramount that young mothers, such as Green, get the assistance they need to learn parenting skill, otherwise children will continue to be shuttled through the courts and foster care system.

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In an unrelated story, Channel 6 News also reports the arrest of Amber N. Kuhn on six felony charges.  Kuhn is accused of twice robbing the Holiday Inn Express in Brownsburg.  Police allege that Kuhn had her children with her during the first robbery, May 8, 2008.  Along with the armed robbery charges she was also charged with child neglect.

Some days you have to wonder what people are thinking.

UPDATE:

In the Amber Kuhn story, Channel 6 News has updated the information regarding the children.  The 2 and 7 year old are now in the custody of Kuhn’s brother.

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