I can’t say this enough times, apparently: Just because mostly everyone can be parents doesn’t mean everyone should be parents.
A 19-month-old boy in Bethlehem, PA., was found wandering the streets of his neighborhood last weekend holding a marijuana pipe in one hand and a pack of smokes in the other. He was wearing nothing but a diaper as it rained during his parade.
Police responded to a call from neighbors who had taken him inside to get him cleaned up and fed while trying to track down his parents.
Another marijuana pipe was found in the driveway at the boy’s home. His dad had allegedly been out partying the night before and he and his wife were asleep when their son escaped. After being questioned by the police, the dad turned over a small amount of pot.
The little boy was taken into protective custody and released to a grandparent, although he could end up back with his parents, who have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and drug charges. They are currently free on $10,000 bail.
It’s hard for me to read a story like this and imagine my toddler. It’s so desperately sad to picture someone so little and innocent wandering the streets in the rain in nothing but a diaper holding cigarettes and a pot pipe. No child deserves that. Here’s hoping the grandparent — or some other responsible adult — might be willing to step up and fight for custody.
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