After letting her 7-year-old son walk from their home to a park to play, a Florida mother faces up to five years in jail for child neglect.
Nicole Gainey, 34, was arrested on July 26 after her son, Dominic, was found by police alone in a park less than a half-mile from her Port St. Lucie home.
On Saturday afternoon, Gainey had given Dominic permission to walk to Sportsman’s Park, a route he’s familiar with since he uses it to ride his bike to school, her lawyer said. On the way, he passed a public pool, and someone asked him where his mother was.
“They asked me a couple questions, and I got scared, so I ran off to the park and they called the cops,” Dominic Guerrisi told CNN affiliate WPTV.
These type of arrests are happening all across the country. The knee jerk response is, “Boy are those police stupid!” Are they? This type of thing happening once, maybe, but consistently happening across the country, and prosecutors deciding to press charges???? That is not stupid. That is premeditated.
I wish that someone would set aside the absurdity of these cases, and instead focus on where the impetus is coming from. Stupid police are not simultaneously deciding to harass parents and children on their own. They are getting instructions from their superiors, and their superiors must be getting their marching orders from some central source. What is that source????