please document this assertion. I have seen zero reports to this affect, reports have it that the house was heated with an oven and with space heaters. The outside temp is irrelevant, it is the posible inside heat that is. If the kids choose to not turn on the heaters this is not the parents fault, and we dont even know that this interior was cold. Did you not notice how the alleged journalists completely set the assumption that the house was cold without relaying the fact that it was cold (prob because it was not). How about how the state alleges neglect even though they admit that the kids were perfectly fine....did you notice that either???
The outside temperature is not irrelevant when it comes to trying to heat the interior. When the outside temperature is in the teens, using an oven to heat the home does next to nothing, and the effect of space heaters is rather minimal. The police made no mention of space heaters. But, even if those were available, they can also be very unsafe unless used carefully, and they can cause fires in the home. These were 4 minors, the two youngest only 4 and 8, and they were left unsupervised by an adult because the grandmother worked during the day, something the parents knew. This is not even an adequate living situation on a regular basis for children, and it is the responsibility of the parents to repair whatever problems exist with the heating system in the home, particularly during an extremely cold winter when outside temperatures have been in the teens and low 20's.
The parents had not left adequate food in the home for the 6 days these 4 children were left alone. That's the parents responsibility--not the grandmother's, not the older children's--if you want to be sure your children have food to eat, you buy it and leave it in the home for them. It was the 8 year old's asking a teacher for some food, because she was so hungry, that caused the school to alert the authorities. And that's why we need mandated reporters.
Apparently, you have difficulty comprehending what you read. The state does not allege abuse. The parents are charged with 4 counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. And they appear to have done just that, by leaving the children in an inadequately supervised, and potentially hazardous, living situation for 6 days.
That the children were "fine" does not mean these parents did not leave their children in at "at risk" situation because they wanted to take off and go to a hotel. Would you rather one of the children had died or been seriously injured before any charges were lodged? And we don't know how "fine" the children were. If they were chronically hungry, as one of their neighbors asserted, are they suffering from malnutrition or are they underweight? Have they received regular medical and dental care? Have they been legally neglected?
And this particular case is an excellent example of why mandated reporters are needed to report suspected abuse or neglect of children. A neighbor was apparently aware these children were often hungry, but she didn't take action. Someone like you wouldn't have taken action. But this is a situation where action was required because 4 minor children were left, for an extended period of time, in a potentially unsafe and inadequately supervised situation by the parents legally responsible for their care. And it was the mandated reporters who took action, to protect the welfare of the children.
And all you're complaining about is the state "pounding" on these parents.
You never feel that arrests and charges against anyone
justified. In your mind, every arrest of anyone is an instance of the state pounding
on the individual. So, you constantly try to deny or rationalize the behavior of those who are arrested, you dismiss the reasons for the arrest, and you totally ignore the victims affected by the crime or action of those arrested.
So, none of this is anything new with you. You're on your usual soapbox giving your usual pre-packaged anti-government spiel, even though the arrests and charges in this case seem more than justified.