We simply should not report these types of stories without followup - like an
interview with a social worker who specializes in disability cases. It appears
this girl is old enough to be left alone for a couple of hours, but in order to
be of no danger to herself needs to be placed in a safe environment, which the
parent provided. Of course this is not ideal. But it is not the
work of an abusive parent, but probably a loving parent who was tending to the
needs of her other children, taking them to a school function, and this was the
best way she could figure out how to manage her very difficult life.If the government is not able to provide adequate services to the disabled,
and respite services to their families, then the government CANNOT arrest
someone for coming up with whatever they deem is best in their time of
extremity. This family clearly has worked to find a solution - the girl was not
harmed - there was not "abuse".The Deseret News needs to
engage in multi-faceted reporting that gives insight - not sensationalism as
this article was clearly intended for.
Dear Freedomforthepeople, you have got to be kidding, when you say an 8 year old
is old enough to be left alone for a few hours. What are you thinking? Wow,
absolutely unbelievable about your values.
Freedomforthepeople, I just don't see how the government is responsible to
care for that girl either. There is no way an 8 year old disabled girl can be
able to care for herself for a couple of hours, otherwise why would they have
locked her up? So that in and of itself is a problem. But then to say it's
the governments fault...I mean come on, really? Building a wooden cage is
not finding a solution either. I just can't even understand a single
sentence of what you just said.