Quoting MommaSav2:" Listen. Everyone seems to be horrified by my opinion. My opinion is based on the fact that I don't believe ... [snip!] ... leaving your child alone in the tub. I don't think that she's getting off Scott free wether she is prosecuted or not. JMO"
I actually very much agree with you about prison being reserved for those who are a danger to the public.....in MOST cases.
However, like I stated in my original response to this topic, I also believe that unfortunately sometimes examples need to be set in the hopes of preventing other tragedies like this from happening. For some people, hearing this story and the death of the child alone isn't enough to make them think before they make similarly stupid decisions. The thought that they could face criminal charges and a prison sentence, however, may be a scary enough thought for them to make them think twice about being so stupid. As selfish as that may be, people like that do exist. For whatever reason, the possibility of THEM getting in trouble and facing punishment would be more of a motivating factor than the potential harm to their child. Sometimes the only reason people don't commit crimes or neglect/abuse their kids is out of fear of being held criminally responsible. If making an example out of this woman and giving her a prison sentence can prevent the death of even ONE child, then it's worth it.
That isn't the only reason or even the main reason I believe she should be criminally charged, but it's certainly one of my reasons. The bottom line is, she is responsible for the death of her child. It was completely preventable. Yes, she is probably grieving terribly and she is likely not someone who will continue to make dangerous and/or reckless parenting decisions, but we can't know that for sure. Not to mention, if we just let people off free and clear after doing something they KNEW was incredibly dangerous (like leaving a baby in a tub of water unattended) resulting in the death of the child, it would really set a dangerous precedence. Say someone really despises their child and wants to kill them (seems far fetched, but it happens), knowing that this girl faced zero charges and was not held responsible in any way by our justice system, could give them the idea that they could drown their child in a bathtub and make it look like an accident. Especially with an infant who probably wouldn't be able to struggle enough to cause any kind of defensive wounds, this cold blooded murderer could be completely off the hook due to the precedence set by the justice system who did not hold the mother, whose child drowned in the accident, responsible for her neglectful actions.