Friday, 18 April 2008
Three children aged 12, 10 and 9 months were left at a McDonalds playground while the mothers went across the road for two hours at the local pub. Police were called and now they say it is unlikely the parents will be charged as the welfare of the children was not in question. With the parents willingly leaving their young children unsupervised they are making it too easy for the predators. It is not the responsibility of a 12 and 10 year old to watch a baby just so you can either have a few drinks or feed a poker machine. Children are quick and it only takes a second for them to disappear and accidents to occur. Queensland premier Anna Bligh is hoping that laws are pushed through much quicker that if you leave your young children unattended for work, pubs, clubs, casinos, you face a jail term of three years. Given that in some cases there is likely to be exceptional circumstances. Where is accountability these days?