January 25, 2006

Only 30 days?

Shannon Cook, a 25 year old woman from Illinois, left her three children alone for 9 hours so she could go see The Jerry Springer show with her boyfriend. The three children, two girls and one boy were ages 9 months- 4 years old!!! The 4 year old escaped to alert neighbors 5 hours later and police were called. Cook returned 9 hours later... after midnight.

ONLY 30 DAYS!!!! Are you kidding me? Cook was only charged with misdemeanor child endangerment. How the heck is it that you leave your three kids home alone for 9 hours and only get 30 days in jail? Especially a nine months old baby!

Her excuse was, “I didn’t think I’d be gone that long, according to CNN. Personally, I think she should get more jail time. 30 days is a slap on the wrist for the amount of danger she put her 3 children in.

I feel terrible for the children and I sincerely hope she never gets those kids back. I hope they are able to place all three children together. I hate to see kids suffer because of their parents’ mistakes. Of course, the children are now safe in foster care. Still… what was she thinking? Could she be that dumb? A baby needs to eat, have their diaper changed, etc. A four year old can’t cook! Who knows if she even left any food for them?

Very, very sad!

Another source.


Magnolia said...

When I first saw this story,I couldn't even think of an animal that leaves it tender young to fend for itself. Even the big bad wolf doesn't leave her young.

thpunishrr said...

This is inexcusable and magnolia is right not even animals behave this way. I've heard aguments for having to have a parenting liscence maybe it's needed in this sad day and age. The punishment for these jokers should be more severe. I mean we are talking about human lives.

Anonymous said...

what is wrong with these mothers?!!!? some people have NO RIGHT being parents.

Anonymous said...

Ummm Your dates in the Peterson story are way off...not 1992--probably 2002.

Anonymous said...

it is sad that this woman only got 30 days jail time. but it happens a lot more often than you might think. i had 2 neighbors that did the same thing and were not charged. in one case one of the children eventually was killed in that home. how many times are families being followed by child protective and a child ends up dead?