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Mom Leaves Kid Unattended While She Plays Frisbee Golf

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A mom was charged with child neglect after her 6-year-old son was found wandering around a park as she played Frisbee golf, reports the Sheboygan Press.

Stephanie Bales

The boy was found wandering in the woods and told police he was lost. The mom, Stephanie A. Bales, said she had left him on a swing set as she went to play disc golf. She says she had been playing for 20 minutes.

The swing set is 150 to 200 feet from a quarry, which consists of unfenced cliffs above deep water with no lifeguard. What was this mother thinking?!

You'll recall that May 22 was "Take Our Children to the Park ... And Leave Them There Day." But we doubt that this is what founder Lenore Skenazy had in mind!

Bales faces a maximum of nine months in jail.

Do YOU think she deserves jail time?


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8 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anon June 5, 2010, 10:54 AM

what a hag

Dufus June 7, 2010, 3:56 PM

Frisbee golf? It’s called disc golf you nerd.

Victor June 7, 2010, 4:05 PM

We need pregnancy permits and make it against the law to have kids without taking extensive parenting classes. And ill be going to work for a condom company.

fred June 7, 2010, 4:21 PM

what i wanna no is whos wonderful idea it was to build this playground next to an unfenced quarry

ROSS TAYLOR  June 8, 2010, 3:04 AM

YES VERY VERY DUM OF THE MOTHER 2 EVER LEAVE HER CHILD ALL BY THEMSELF’S! IT’S NOT THAT THEY WILL JUST RUN OFF OR MAYBE GET HURT! BUT SOMEONE COULD HURT THEM OR TAKE THEM AWAY! OR THEY COULD EVEN DROWN! I THINK ALL KIDS SHOULD HAVE THE SECURITY BACKPACK! ALSO EVEN THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS THE SAME! ISAFEBACKPACKS.COM PLEASE CHECK IT OUT! THIS IS MY COMPANY I’M PARTNER WITH! MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE MOMLOGIC PEOPLE AND STAFF WHO DO SUCH A WONDERFUL JOB OF THIS WEBSITE AND HELPING MOTHERS!

Vicki June 8, 2010, 6:22 AM

I agree with Fred. Who in their right minds would put a park there, and without a fence no less!!! And mom, let’s try not to be so selfish!

Angela June 8, 2010, 10:55 AM

1. No, Mom should not do jail time. That would be a waste of time, not to mention even more traumatic to her child. She needs parenting classes. The solution to inept parenting is education, and not just book classes, but learning and demonstrating. This would benefit both her and the child.
2. There absolutely should not be an unfenced playground that close to an unfenced quarry, and vise versa. I don’t care how responsible you are or are not, accidents happen. A fence is not a substitute for childcare, but it is at the least, a deterrent, and a delay to a potentially dangerous situation.
3. Bottom Line, Mom looks young, the child is young, they are both very lucky that a myraid of horrible things did not happen. Education is the best remedy to ignorance. If she knew better, one would hope that she would have made better choices.

Zeke June 11, 2010, 8:49 PM

Best answer was Angela’s, and Fred makes an excellent point! What WAS the Parks and Rec THINKIN’?
But a better idea woulda been for Ma to take the 6 yr old along on the course, the li’l-un coulda had fun, give him a putter to toss around a bit, and get him used to the idea / sport of Disc Golf, and maybe he could be the next Ken Climo! I have watched 7-8 year-olds toss some pretty mean plastic!


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