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04:30 PM on 12/17/2009
This is very odd. How did the mother not hear all of that ruckus. And CPS is not doing any major follow up? I just can't help but think that if that was a black family in the inner city she'd have lost her child and there'd be tons of finger wagging going on. Must be nice to be white.
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erinker
04:37 PM on 12/17/2009
Following his father's footsteps?? Was there snow in Tennessee?? How were there visible footsteps, and how would the child recognize them as his father's? Something about this stinks...

And she feels like a failure? Honey, you *are* a failure!
07:46 PM on 12/17/2009
exactly! if he was in jail, how would the kid be following his dad's footsteps?!
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erinker
04:37 PM on 12/17/2009
Sorry. Didn't mean to reply to you, dk.
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henri09
04:23 PM on 12/17/2009
Throw the kid in jail! Then send him to AA and put him on a registry for the rest of his life so we always know where he lives and what he did!
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Horatio
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04:22 PM on 12/17/2009
Sarah Palin's America.
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JoeTheProgrammer
I love dogs.
04:50 PM on 12/17/2009
More likely a future member of the moocher class. Sure to be a democrat voter.
05:19 PM on 12/17/2009
"breeding"
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mabinog
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05:21 PM on 12/17/2009
red necks don't vote dem dude. red neck convicts dont vote at all.
05:17 PM on 12/17/2009
the real america.
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04:18 PM on 12/17/2009
This is just bizarre. I have four sons, and I've never had an experience like this. The woman needs some serious parenting classes. There's no way this kid didn't have red-flag behaviors before this incident. I also find mom's attitude about 'doing the best you can' insufficient.
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redhead61
05:30 PM on 12/17/2009
I raised two and yes they DO do stupid stuff at a young age. They dont understand what they are doing and not every kid is the same.
If you didnt get a divorce or have issues while you were raising your kids then your situation is not comparable to hers.
Its comparing apples to oranges
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05:41 PM on 12/17/2009
Actually I was a single mother for a few years. My first husband and I divorced when my kids were fairly young. He had substance-abuse issues. Granted, he was never in jail, but it's not like it was peachy-keen either. I also know that kids don't pull these things out of thin air. I stand by my statement that this kid has things going on that mom should have noticed.

When I divorced, the first thing I did was get into family therapy. I didn't throw up my hands and say that I was trying my hardest.
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05:42 PM on 12/17/2009
I didn't have booze laying around my home in coolers, either. Total WT.
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Sherrie714
You can't fix stupid.
04:13 PM on 12/17/2009
That's why a DEE DEE DEE should never ever mate with another DEE DEE DEE.
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Sherrie714
You can't fix stupid.
04:11 PM on 12/17/2009
She's an embarassing excuse for a mom. I don't know how he got tha beer tab open?
04:10 PM on 12/17/2009
Stupid woman...
04:04 PM on 12/17/2009
"Kids do things like this...it's out of your control...you can only do the best you can."
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ARTIST50
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04:03 PM on 12/17/2009
I'm speechless!
04:00 PM on 12/17/2009
Poor kid. What a sad story...wanting to go to jail, because that's where daddy is.
Fathers, be vigilant of your actions! Because your little ones are, whether you are or not.
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GrownupStewie
03:53 PM on 12/17/2009
lol omg....you couldnt make this stuff up!! this is what happens when a 21 year old has a 4 year old child....the parenting in this situation is seriously lacking.
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04:36 PM on 12/17/2009
Completely.. Learned Behavior is the cycle to abuse..& generational..
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ecotopian
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05:14 PM on 12/17/2009
If you do the math, she was 17 when she had him. I think she was too young to have the kid in the first place.
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ksjohnso
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03:51 PM on 12/17/2009
I just want to know how many beers his mother had that night before she passed out...
04:11 PM on 12/17/2009
Way to jump to conclusions.
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erinker
04:25 PM on 12/17/2009
In this case, I think it is a reasonable conclusion. I mean, how did the kid get the beer? How did he get out of the house? How long was he wandering the streets?
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kennyfasugbe
04:12 PM on 12/17/2009
Good point! Ofcourse she was lying through her teeth. If the locks were in place as she said, that kid had to be a genius to break it free. My hunch is, she was drunk, had some open beer, which the child picked up and walked out of the house free, since the door was not secured as she had claimed.
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redhead61
05:25 PM on 12/17/2009
I didnt see that at all and CPS investigated and shes not in trouble.

There is no evidence at all to suggest she was drunk.
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03:38 PM on 12/17/2009
How on earth did he get away from the first neighbor who answered the door and found the four year old standing there drinking a beer? Why didn't they bring him inside and call the police?

He went into the other neighbor's house and took the presents after that.
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kennyfasugbe
04:13 PM on 12/17/2009
I am thinking something was lost in translation, cos I am wondering the same thing!
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unami
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03:37 PM on 12/17/2009
Typical American behavior.
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widdles
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03:46 PM on 12/17/2009
You have no idea what you are talking about.
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nettispagetty
03:54 PM on 12/17/2009
Ridiculous comment.
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want2run527
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03:37 PM on 12/17/2009
Obviously this child is emulating what he sees probably on a constant basis. She seems awfully calm with the whole scenario. I'd still be shaken up and crying with just the thought that my 4 y.o. was wandering the street in the middle of the night and could have been snatched up by any predator. That is not mentioning the beer which could have caused alcohol poisoning or at the least inebriation to the point where he could have stumbled into oncoming traffic. Yet CPS saw fit to allow him to stay in the home so, who am I to be concerned?