10 Years in the Slammer for Mom Who Played Facebook Game While Toddler Drowned

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The 34-year-old woman who left her 13-month-old boy alone in a bathtub while she played a Facebook video game got 10 years in prison, as prosecutors pursued a stiff sentence to underscore the seriousness of the crime.

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Shannon Johnson, of Fort Lupton, Colo., pleaded guilty to negligently causing the death of her child, and faced four to 12 years in prison on that charge - or even potentially no jail time, just probation. But authorities went for hard time, not wanting to trivialize a crime shocking in its carelessness.

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The judge who sentenced Johnson told her she was not a bad person, nor did she intend to harm her child, but she still committed a crime. "You left this little boy in a bathtub so you could entertain yourself on the computer by playing games," the judge said as Johnson cried. "And you left that 13-month-old human being, little Joseph, incredibly, for those reasons."

Mom Sentenced for Using Facebook as Son Drowned [AP via NPR. Image via KDVR-TV.]

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This case further reinforces my opinion that all human females should have eggs harvested at birth then be sterilized. If you want to have a child you need to apply for a license, undergo an interview process, and submit to an inspection of your household. You should have to convince 13 of your fellow humans that you are capable — physically, mentally, and financially — of supporting that child and giving it a chance at a great life.

I find it unbelievable that I was forced to get a license to drive a car, fly an airplane, and dive in deep water — all activities that are FAR more hazardous to my own health than anyone else's, perhaps with the exception of driving a car — yet we let any and every rank-and-file moron pop out as many kids as their biology will support.

Hey, don't look at me like that. I've been married for 12 years to my (junior) high school sweetheart. I've known this woman since we were both 12 years old. We realized a LONG time ago that we would make terrible, irresponsible, unwilling parents who view their children as nothing more than a chore that lasts 18+ years. As such, we decided to not have children, at all. I volunteer at a school (over 300 hours a year) but know better than to attempt to raise my own children. We thought it through.

Most people don't. That's a big, huge, enormous problem that leads to other big, huge, enormous problems. Having some sort of system in place, even if it didn't reject that many people, would at least induce those rank-and-file morons to THINK about what they are getting into. It would be a step in the right direction.