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Parents' failures hurt child the most

Wednesday, October 8, 2003

You may recall the bizarre case of the St. Louis couple who allowed their 2-year-old daughter to be cared for by a 15-year-old runaway drug addict and prostitute who they had just met on the streets of St. Louis a month earlier. Needless to say these folk are not poster children for good parenting.

Well the drug addicted runaway - for some unknown reason - took the toddler to Detroit without informing the parents. The child was found, the prostitute charged with kidnapping and the parents apparently excited that the ordeal was over.

But then the story took a few different twists and turns. It seems the parents of Danisha Hair were something less than ideal parents. The courts found that living conditions in their home were very poor and both parents used illegal drugs. So the court took the child and placed her in foster care. Of course the poor parents wanted to fight this latest move because they wanted their child back.

So the court scheduled a hearing Monday on the kidnapping charge against the runaway prostitute which would allow the parents to make their case for the return of their child. However a funny thing happened on the way to the courtroom. The parents failed to show at the hearing. So the court dropped the kidnapping charge.

The father protested to the television cameras that the court ruling was unfair and that this runaway might do the same thing to some other unsuspecting parents. The father however failed to explain why he missed the court hearing. And that alone says volumes.

I don't know these parents nor their child. But I do know that anyone deserving the term of "parent" would have braved hell or high water to make that court appearance and beg for the return of their child. But I guess it was not that important to these two parents. And thus, their child remains in foster care and probably will for the foreseeable future.

Society should be sick and tired of these useless pieces of humanity who fail at every turn. But then they fail to accept blame for subjecting this child to those living conditions. And by the way, neither parent has yet to offer a reason why they would entrust their toddler to a stranger they met on a street corner.

If that's life in the big city, give me a small town any day. And thank God for the parents of this world who would never consider this stupid behavior.

Danisha is starting life with two strikes against her. They're called her mother and her father.

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