Instagram user “RatMove13” wants the world to know that she can do whatever she wants with her baby and no one can stop her. She thought it would be cute to illustrate this fallacy by holding her infant son over an apartment balcony railing and taking a photo. Wrong, dummy. You can’t do “whatever you want” with your son – and the police and child protective services can stop you.
Friends of 25-year-old Aisha Jean Clark called police after seeing the photo posted to her account. When the police arrived at her apartment, they asked if she knew why they were there. Laughing, she brought out her iPad with the Instagram photo on it. Yeah – that’s HILARIOUS.
“I was mad and I was making a point,” Clark told police. “I can do what I want with my baby. Nobody can stop me.” Methinks your friends may be giving you some tips on how to be a better parent and it’s pissing you off. Maybe you should listen. I’m going to give you one right now – Don’t dangle your child over a balcony railing to prove a nonexistent point.
A child isn’t an item that we own and can do with what we please. It’s a human being who just happened to enter this earth through our bodies. That is why I get so irate when I read stories of child neglect and endangerment. No one has the right to put a child at risk. Your child is a completely separate entity from you – and deserves to be respected as such.
From the Tampa Bay Times:
“This single act would reasonably be expected to have resulted in serious physical injury or a substantial risk of death to the infant,” an officer wrote.
Clark was booked in the Hillsborough County Jail on a charge of child neglect and held without bail. On Wednesday, her Instagram account was set on private.
I just can’t even with the news today. I’m going to go bang my head against a wall now.