Is Mom guilty too?

Children are some of the most vulnerable persons in our society. They rely on their parents to feed them, love them, provide boundaries, shelter and clothing, discipline, and protection.

Rebecca Breese, 27 is being charged in the beating death of her 4 year old daughter, Kathryn Westerfield. She has been charged with 1 st degree murder, aggravated battery to a child, and obstruction of justice.  Breese is accused of tripping Kathryn multiple times, causing her to fall and hit her head.
She is also accused of standing by and watching her child being beat to death by James Norris, the child’s uncle.

There is evidently a controversy over whether this mother should be charged with murder. Though the death was at the hands of the uncle she stood by, did not intervene, and did not request assistance or take the child to safety.
Please refer to the first sentence- children rely on their parents for protection.
She allowed the beating to happen, she didn’t try to stop it, she didn’t call police, she didn’t remove the child to a safe area.

Neighbor’s in the area are asking state representatives for a new law, “Kathryn’s Law”. One which makes a parent who watches abuse to be charged also. 
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=state&id=3899618

http://www.hoinews.com/home/headlines/2295236.html

http://www.hoinews.com/home/headlines/2288381.html

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2 Comments

  1. Magnolia said,

    February 14, 2006 at 7:33 am

    Hell yes the FBO is guilty. I also think immunity should be granted to the parent /person that interferes with the abuser ,whether by killing them outright or just “tripping” them down a flight of stairs.

  2. L. said,

    February 14, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    If they sit back and watch, ignore or whatever you want to call it- the abuse without stepping in, then they are just as responsible. There should be no excuse in them doing nothing. It’s like watching your 9 month old crawl into the family swimming pool, and sink to the bottom without getting out of your chair to grab them.

    I have to agree with Mag, murder of an abuser- of any type- should be just as justified as self defense. My kids are part of me. I brought them into the world, every bit of them developed in me, and although they may be separate people now, they are and always will be part of me. I’d defend them like I would defend myself, only more so.


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