Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Is this what we've come to?

Earlier this week in Napa - I heard about about another hit and run. It seems like this is becoming an epidemic at the moment. This time it was a small child. Story here.

"A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a 2 1/2-year-old girl who somehow ended up alone outside her family's Napa apartment before dawn, police said today.

Mattea Reynolds was found unconscious near the curb of Old Sonoma Road before 6 a.m. Saturday by a worker at the nearby county juvenile hall. The girl was pronounced dead at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa.

At least two witnesses saw the girl walking alone about 5:15 a.m. but did not immediately go to her aid, police said. One of the witnesses told the juvenile hall worker who was walking in the area, then left the scene."

At first I was bothered by the parents making it so the kid could get out. But, as the story evolved I became more bothered by the fact the that two female witnesses didn't stop and help the child. Yes... this is a gender thing. I've seen a few studies where men are less likely to help a child in distress. But, women picked up the slack.

Maybe it doesn't surprise that one woman might not stop to help - but two? Really?

What is happening to us as a society when even women fail to come to the aid of a child? I bet they might have stopped for a puppy.

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