Mom arrested for falling asleep

Katherine - posted on 06/29/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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A Glasgow woman who took a nap after putting her 3-year-old daughter down for one was arrested on child endangerment charges after the child was found wandering around the neighborhood, police said.



Erika Wilson, 23, of the first block of Avignon Drive in Frenchtown Woods, was charged Saturday with endangering the welfare of a child and was released on bail, said New Castle County police spokesman Officer John Weglarz Sr.



The child was returned to Wilson, who was cautioned not to endanger her daughter in the future.



The incident unfolded about 2 p.m. Saturday, when officers were called to the vicinity of Chambord and Cognac drives after someone reported a toddler walking around alone.



Officers searched the area for hours, asking residents in the neighborhood if they knew the child. When officers eventually located the toddler's home, they knocked on the door and woke the mother.



Wilson identified a picture of the toddler as being her daughter, Weglarz said.



She told officers that she had put her daughter down for a nap in her bedroom, then took a nap herself and was unaware her daughter had wandered off.



The child, who was overheated from wandering around in the heat, was taken to Christiana Hospital for evaluation after complaining of stomach pain, Weglarz said. The girl's grandmother stayed with her until she was released.



The state Division of Family Services was also contacted, Weglarz said.



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Ok, this is what's so dangerous: People DO NO GET HOW SLEEP DEPRIVED WOMEN ARE!!!



It's almost as dangerous as drinking and driving, or doing drugs.



So many husbands don't help out, I hear it all the time. Mom has a job, 3 kids, does the housework, cooks the meals, takes kids to whatever practice etc......



It doesn't say if she's single or married, but either way give her a break I say.



Someone has to help women how to get more sleep, single or not.

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Last year, when my son was 2 and a half, I was in the garage switching out laundry. I came inside and went down the hall to put clothes away in his room, where he'd been playing when I left. He wasn't there. I went room to room looking and finally looked out the front door to find him standing on my next door neighbor's sidewalk in the pouring rain. Just a little boy standing there. Of course, I panicked, ran and gathered him in my arms, brought him home. Man, I was soooo scared of the "what if's". The next day I installed a hook-eye latch on the inside of my screen door, out of his reach, a guarantee that he can't get out. And that was all with me wide awake. I've BEEN that tired before, like the girl in the article. I don't necessarily think it was negligent of her but, I bet she learned a lesson in child proofing! I was so tired once when Jacob was like 6 months old, I asked a friend to come over and watch him for an hour so I could sleep. She loved me lots and let me sleep for like 4 hours lol I feel bad for the girl. Without details, who knows if she has family or friends or anyone to rely on for help. I feel for any mother (or father) who does it all alone. Best I can say is that she needs to get some better door locks and make sure from now on that if she's even close to falling asleep, her kid needs to be in a safe area.

Kate CP - posted on 06/29/2011

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That's why I think napping WITH your kids is a good idea. As in in the same bed or bedroom.

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Teresa - posted on 06/30/2011

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I have been that tired. Poor lady and little girl. But come on. WHy charge her with anything? Really? Stuff happens and hopefully she learned from it. WHy make it a legal issue?

Lady Heather - posted on 06/30/2011

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Neighbour thing doesn't surprise me. All my immediate neighbours known Freja, but if she went one house further she'd encounter crazy old guy who probably doesn't know how he is, weirdos in the tiny house with a bunch of dogs and like 5 cars, empty house, guy selling drugs in the funeral home parking lot.

Hmmm...perhaps more incentive to purchase some hook and eye locks...

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That happened in my house as well. Same exact scenario- we were both napping together. My son was just about 3 at the time. After my son managed to let himself out of the house, he came running back inside, up the stairs to wake me up. Why? He let both cats out! I also went over to the hardware store and installed a hook & eye lock-before dinner time!

Amber - posted on 06/30/2011

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I've always been paranoid that my son would get out of the house if I napped while he did. I always set the house alarm so that it will go off if he opens a door and wake me up.

I know they sell inexpensive little beepers that attach to doors and sound like alarms for people who don't have one. They are meant to scare would be robbers away..but I would think it could be effective for this purpose too.

I find it really odd that it took hours for a neighbor to be able to identify who the little girl was. Any of my neighbors would be able to immediately tell you who my kid belongs too. Actually, I can't imagine my kid getting very far without one of my neighbors bringing him home first.

Poor mom and child. I'm glad they gave her child back. I can't imagine any punishment worse than the guilt she must already feel.

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Poor lady! Good thing when I was super little all the neighbors knew each other cuz I was out wandering the streets at 3am once! The neighbor that spotted me just called my parents and they woke up and got me. I was probably somewhere between 3 and 5 at the time.... and I was also a sleepwalker.

I'm also very grateful that when I fell asleep on my twin 2 year olds (who were also supposed to be napping) that the only damage THEY did was to get naked and 'bathe' themselves in my bathroom sink.... since we had a parking lot for a front yard and a back yard.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/29/2011

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yeah, hook and eye lock. Thanks Joy. That's what I will do. I don't think she will be opening doors any time soon, but I don't need that kind of surprise either.

Becky - posted on 06/29/2011

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Wow, scary! I think a lot of parents would feel fairly comfortable taking a nap themselves while their children were napping. I think this is one of those, it could happen to anyone things. Definitely a good reason to make sure your doors are childproof! I'm glad the little girl was okay!

Lady Heather - posted on 06/29/2011

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I guess I'd like to think since I always fall asleep on the couch right next to the front door that I'd probably notice if she got up and somehow opened it. I'm never just sleeping really far away from her or anything. But still, this does make me feel kind of negligent. What the hell am I supposed to do? Take awake pills? Put toothpicks in my eyelids? Nah, I'd probably still fall asleep with the toothpicks. I'd just look creepy.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/29/2011

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Shit, I fall asleep all the time right now. Freja sits next to me on the couch. She can't reach the locks yet or turn door knobs so I'm not all the worried, but now it's just one more thing to think about. Damn. I just can't stay awake sometimes. We often fall asleep together on the couch. I guess I'm a terrible mum. :(

Firebird - posted on 06/29/2011

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I'm just glad the child was returned to her mother. I think that's their way of 'giving her a break'. The child wasn't immediately placed in a foster home. Hopefully, mom will be able to get more child resistant door locks in the near future.

Katherine - posted on 06/29/2011

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She did avoid a HUGE potential tragedy, but have you ever been so exhausted?





***Edit to add: I'm sure she never saw something like this coming, I wouldn't have. I mean she must have been crazy tired.

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Wow...she avoided a potential tragedy. Poor mommy. If she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol during her nap, how is it her fault? My own three year old can reach door knobs and turn locks...so...

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