Brittany Harris, 25, is the latest parent to be arrested for going to a concert or casino and leaving kids in the car. In this case, Harris went to a Lil Wayne rap concert and left her two children — ages 3 and 5 — in a parking lot with hundreds of strangers milling about, including a large number of drunken people.
harris was arrested Sunday on two counts of child neglect after an employee spotted the children left in the car for hours. The kids are now in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
These case always raise a difficult question over the proper level of punishment for the parent and protection for the children. Should the children be placed in foster care temporarily (that seems clear) or permanently. It is a huge punishment to take someone’s children away from them even though this is an outrageous decision. are there any mitigating factors that would be to leniency in such a case? Would it be mitigating to learn that she was a single mother? For a young single mother, child care can be difficult to secure. That does not excuse this dangerous and foolish act. However, what would you order as a judge in such a case?