A mother in South Carolina has been thrown in jail, and her 9-year-old daughter taken into the custody of the Department of Social Services after busy body neighbours reported that the child was playing alone in a park.
Debra Lynn Harrell faces charges of child neglect at the hands of the North Augusta “Department of Public Safety,” reports local news station WJBF, after her daughter was found playing unsupervised while Harrell was working.
The police report states that the girl told officer that her mother always drops her off at the park before going to work.
According to the report, Ms. Harrell admitted to letting her child play in the local park alone, saying that she cannot supervise her all the time, because she has to work at a branch of McDonald’s to support her family.
Instead of offering to help Harrell out by looking after the child, or helping find affordable day care, a neighbor simply reported the mother to the police, leading to Ms. Harrell being jailed.
Of course, in the new America it is not normal to try to work to support your family. That’s just plain weird. For attempting to earn a living to support her child, rather than idly collecting on welfare, Harrell finds herself behind bars, with her child having been kidnapped by the government.
“I understand the mom may have been in a difficult situation, not having someone to watch the child, but at the same time, you’ve got to find somebody,” said Lesa Lamback, another neighbor who presumably offered her opinion but not her support.
“You cannot just leave your child alone at a public place, especially. This day and time, you never know who’s around. Good, bad, it’s just not safe.” Lamback, clearly a model new American citizen, added.
Tonya Cullum, a local childcare worker offered a more sympathetic opinion, noting “Some people may look at it as a babysitter.”
“The parents can’t afford to keep them in care.” Cullum added, “They have to keep in during school time because we pick them up at school, make sure they got a safe place, but during the summertime, it’s like find some family, grandparents or even let them stay home by themselves.”
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.