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Child Left in Car: At What Point Should People Be Banned from Parenting?

Should a father who leaves a 3-year-old alone in a car ever be allowed to get his child back? Tell us what you think.

What do you think?
What do you think?
Too often — once is too often — you've heard or read about a parent who has left a child in a car. The consequences are often tragic.

Fortunately, when a 3-year-old boy was recently discovered unattended in a car at a Virginia mall, the child was fine.

His father, though, Ryan Rodriguez Chambers, 32, was charged with felony child neglect, felony child endangerment, possession of marijuana and intoxication in public. He had arrived back at the car after officers arrived to help the boy.

Granted, people make mistakes. But this? It leads to a question: At what point are "parenting" skills so lacking that someone should be forbidden from keeping their children? Tell us in the comments below.



Bettyrose Henery-Tremble March 13, 2014 at 03:21 PM
I think if someone has a history of abusing alcohol and other drugs, they should not be allowed to have kids. All too often these "parents" hurt their children and of course, we taxpayers wind up having to pay for their inexcusable behavior. IDEA: How about having a "Parental License" as a prerequisite for having children. This would be similar to a "Driver's License". You would have to take a class and pass a written exam to obtain the license. Should you not pass the "Parental License" exam, you would not be entitled to receive help from the State or Federal Government should you conceive. You also would have to pay more for health insurance. This would serve as a deterrent to those drunks and druggies who conceive just so their welfare checks and food stamp amounts can continue to support their habits.

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