What was this woman thinking?
A 26-year-old who killed her 6-year-old son in a drunk-driving accident was given permission to leave the Erie County Prison in Pennsylvania for 24 hours for his funeral. But instead of reporting back to jail after the funeral, she went to a bar about a mile from the church where the funeral was held.
Erin Howard had been in prison, in lieu of $75,000 bail, on charges that she was driving drunk when she crashed into a creek bank, killing Samuel on June 14--her 26th birthday. She had been drinking and smoking pot just hours before she lost control of her car.
She has now been arrested in Ohio after her son's father allegedly tipped off authorities to her whereabouts, and is awaiting extradition to Erie. Howard has now been charged with escape in addition to involuntary manslaughter, drunken driving, child endangerment and other charges related to the crash.
As mothers, this story made our hearts hurt. Do you think this mother is clueless and careless, or is she battling a serious addiction? Do you have a message for this mom?