Father Charged in Sunburn Case

In Berea, Kentucky, Bobby Jones, 27, faces first degree child criminal abuse charges for leaving his son out in the sun for 90 minutes — enough for the boy to receive serious sunburn due to the lack of sunscreen. It is only the latest in such sunburn cases and raises a question about the criminalization of such negligence.

These are tough questions, particularly in this case where the 2-year-old boy suffered second and third degree burns. However, an alternative response to such parental negligence (absent a knowing or intentional act of abuse) would be suspension or loss of custody. There is the added remedy of a tort action for negligence.

This boy’s burns makes me both sick and angry. However, as discussed here, there is a steady criminalization of negligence in this country that a worrisome trend. We need to know more about what Jones was doing at the time, but question is whether being a poor father is the same as being a felon.

For the Kentucky story, click here and here.

3 thoughts on “Father Charged in Sunburn Case”

  1. Hugh Gilpatrick:

    Badger is nothing if not consistent. Why should a little fact get in the way of a good ol’ conservative rant. It never has before with any of them. Assumptions are so much more fun.

  2. Badger,
    I have to hand it to you; you have a knack for drawing conclusions (usually non-sequitur conclusions) whilst remaining completely unencumbered by the facts.

  3. Just another case of a parent not having a clue as a result of being “educated” by our public education system. Expect a lot more of this down the road as the current crop of 1/4 educated kids turn into adults. It is a shame our education system has become politicized for the benefit of a single party….

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