It’s summer and temperatures are reaching into the 90s in some parts of the country. Here in the Midwest, it can also get quite humid. It’s miserable to be outside for very long without some kind of protective hat and water to drink. One area couple thought, however, that these conditions were the perfect way to con some people out of money.
This past weekend a twenty-something couple were panhandling outside in the heat, seeking money for gas to get home. This is hardly unusual in any city but what made this couple worse than others is their exploitation of their two-year-old daughter. She sat by her dad as he panhandled for money, nothing to protect her from the cruel heat of the sun. Passers-by called police with concern about the little girl. Witnesses said she looked ill and sun-burned.
The police caught up to the man who claimed that he was trying to get money so he could get something for his daughter. He also said that girlfriend had been robbed and they needed gas money to get home. They searched both the man and woman. The man had $5 and the woman had over $90.
The whole thing makes me sick. The two-year-old is now in state custody and was treated for heat exposure. Meanwhile her mom and dad are sitting in jail. What possessed them to think that they could put someone in harm’s way to make a quick buck? And not just some stranger but their own flesh and blood. I don’t know about most families, but mine never did that. We help each other out, not use each other to benefit ourselves. Seriously, I don’t understand this kind of mentality. Where did they learn that it was okay to set a two-year-old out in the heat unprotected and without water?
Generally I don’t believe the government should tell us how to handle our reproductive choices. But when I hear about parents doing things like this to their flesh and blood, I almost wish that there was a mandatory test that all parents had to take before they breed. If someone checks yes to the question, “Do you see your future offspring as a means to bring in money?” then they automatically should not breed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t (and can’t) happen. As long as we still have people looking out for each other, though, like the passers-by who called the police, then maybe there is still hope.