July 13, 2010
"he is a great father"
A 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he threw his daughter into oncoming traffic and then attacked witnesses and police who were trying to subdue him, authorities said.Why the British Daily Mail would have more information about the story than a local Bary Area paper, I don't know. But they report the additional detail that the man and the baby's mother were separated, but even so, the mother calls him "a great father":
An off-duty policeman said he saw Taylor, 21, who is separated from the child's mother and was looking after Jayla for a day, shake the girl by the roadside.Even taking the mother at her word, I'm still having trouble understanding.
Perhaps it's because I've never experienced fatherhood, though. But putting myself in the position of being the father of an 18 month old child -- or even the caretaker of someone else's 18 month old child -- it's hard to imagine any sort of attack which would justify throwing the child into traffic. If the child were being attacked, I would try to stop the attacker. How could it possibly "protect" a child to throw it into the street in front of oncoming traffic? What kind of "father" would do such a thing.
My suspicion is that the father is an out-of-control monster, and that the failure of the baby's mother to recognize this indicates that she is not a good mother. Absent some sort of proof that what happened is completely different than what is being reported, I think her statement that "he is a great father" is proof that she is an unfit mother (assuming there are still such categories).
If the child had been a dog, I doubt the local Humane Society would allow her to have it back. Nor would I.
(But once again, there are a lot of things we would never allow to happen to dogs that we routinely allow to happen to people.)
posted by Eric on 07.13.10 at 11:05 AM
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