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Why Toddlers Should Never Be Left Alone

By Danielle |

Eric Hicks from KTTSAs if Joplin, Missouri hasn’t seen enough devastation in 2011, there is now a small child dead because of the negligence of one man.

Eric Hicks is accused of leaving his girlfriend’s 18-month-old child home alone, sleeping in his crib while he left to make an appointment at the local methadone clinic. Now, let’s examine that sentence to see how many things wrong there are with this story.

First… it wasn’t even his child. Ladies! Lets stop leaving our precious children with just anybody to watch! While there are some great guys out there who may treat your child as their own, there are idiots like this who are going to leave them home alone! This guy CLEARLY had no business watching this little boy!

Second? The methadone clinic? If your partner is using methadone, there is no way in hell they should be left alone to watch your precious little baby!  Sleeping or not! Let’s put more value on our children! I know it is hard to come by a sitter for some but come on people!

The entire story itself stinks, but of course the public is never going to know all the details of what exactly happened to the little boy, but this is a shining example of one thing…


Not for a minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes… NEVER EVER leave a child ALONE!

This poor little boy!

My heart breaks for his family, mother, and all of those who loved him, and I hope this serves as an example and lesson for people who ever consider leaving their child at home alone, even if they are sleeping!

photo: KTTS


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0 thoughts on “Why Toddlers Should Never Be Left Alone

  1. Mommyfriend says:

    So heartbreaking.

  2. Nina Marie Maldonado says:

    I completely agree with you but honestly there are a lot of people on methadone that are trying to make their lives better…so really you should single out people who are trying to help themselves, although leaving a child alone under and circumstances is wrong…understandable…but just because someone may be on methadone does not mean they are harmful toward children in any way. Being on drugs would be way worse in all honesty…I agree on what u are saying on watch whom you leave your children alone with..anyone can hurt, abuse, reject or even neglect your child, sometimes even family is bad, but in all reality we need to protect our children in every and any way we parents that bis our jobs…

  3. michelle says:

    @nina ~ are you seriously defending this guy???? I couldn’t even bear to read past your first sentence….

  4. Taz says:

    this is so sad, but saying that you shouldn’t leave your kid with someone who is using methadone is kind of messed up. of course a lot of people don’t use it in a real attempt to kick heroin, but someone can be a good parent or caregiver and be in recovery. obviously not this guy- but to generalize and say it means you don’t value your child if you leave them with someone with addiction problems is a little rough. my dad battled these problems my entire life and while not a perfect parent he never would put me in harms way.

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