Woman Charged With Hurling Baby in Car Seat at Wal-Mart Employee
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police have charged a woman who they say used a child car seat with a 2-month-old infant inside to hit a Wal-Mart employee.
Detective Monique Martin said in a news release Monday that Camilla Fields of Memphis, Tenn., was charged with felony child abuse and neglect and assault. Police did not know if she had an attorney.
A police report from the Wednesday incident says Fields was carrying the car seat when she was confronted by a security guard about shoplifting.
Police say Fields threw the seat and ran away, causing the baby to land face down on the pavement. A paramedic treated the baby until the child regained consciousness.
The child's mother, Stacey Cleaves, was also charged with false reporting and child neglect.
One of the first things you look at when assessing a head injury is whether the patient lost consciousness, this can be evidence of a significant injury. Also, this means that she really did throw the car seat, the baby took a pretty good hit.
You have to wonder what the Hell kind of society we have when a woman does something like this. There are so many issues here.
We will dispense with the obvious, shoplifting, I think we have already established that she is a dirt bag so shoplifting is no shock.
She took her newborn baby with her to do it. Most new moms are paranoid to even take their baby to the store when they are this age because they can get sick, this woman took her baby to commit a crime.
She used the baby as a weapon. Faced with a minor misdemeanor for shoplifting, she used her baby to get herself extricated in the hopes of getting away. The callousness here is stunning. It does have to be noted this was a split second decision but any other mother would fight to save her baby's life, it is ingrained in them. A mother will place herself in danger to protect her baby. This woman's first instinct was to use the baby as a means to an end.
Finally, she ran away. She used her child as a weapon and then as the child lie unconscious on the sidewalk, literally possibly dying, she ignored the peril the child was in and ran away to save herself.
This woman has been charged with a felony and hopefully will get a good long time behind bars. Call me skeptical though. While I can't speak for everyone, I assume most have seen too many times in which a mother gets away with a light sentence after a horrendous incident like this. I will carry it further and say I would not be shocked if she is eventually re-united with the child in an attempt to "keep the family together".
We live in a society in which the life of a child has been devalued due to one simple Supreme Court case. Too often judges, maybe even subconsciously, do not seem to punish crimes against children severe enough.
We have seen child molesters freed without prison time, people have visited incredible horrors on children and see short prison sentences, and in the name of keeping a child with it's mother, we have had case after case where a mother regains custody after the worst cases of abuse and neglect.
This is simply a case of reaping what we sow. We cannot say that the life of a child is forfeit at the whim of the mother and still maintain the level of respect for children that we should as a society. We cannot have laws, one of which our President signed as a State Senator, that says it is okay to let a child born alive after abortion lie and gasp for life as the medical providers let it die and still value life.
This woman of course is a deficient human being, devoid of the caring of a mother or even the most rudimentary empathy for her fellow man, so self absorbed that she cannot even protect her own child if it is inconvenient for her.
Look in the mirror though folks, we created her.