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Mother charged in fatal crash

April 13, 2013

FAIRMONT — A 26-year-old Fairmont woman whose 6-year-old son was killed in a car crash last month faces several counts of criminal vehicular homicide....

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Jeremy

Apr-13-13 12:30 PM

Even more convincing case for "culling the herd".

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blue5011

Apr-13-13 12:38 PM

And putting this "26-year-old Fairmont woman" in jail for a few years will accomplish... what exactly? Make her pay for her "crime"? How many police, lawyers, judges, correctional employees, social services workers, and probation officers will now have a job?

I think having to live the rest of one's life knowing you killed your own child is punishment enough.

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ddaughertyjr

Apr-14-13 5:48 AM

I agree the kids should've been wearing there seat belts. I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a child, that would be unbearable. My issue here is that you throw her in prison then her other children have to live with grandparents and or foster care I assume? Plus they can sit there all day and determine hypothetical notions of how fast she was going but they where not physically there to dictate that so I feel that evidence is kind of flawed in court. The big thing is the drinking, I think it is kind of b.s the family threw her under the bus like "Ya maybe her drinking did it", shes responsible enough to watch their child, yet they as friends or what not cannot maybe make her stay a few more hours drink some coffee to sober up a bit more? I just find this sad, when you already have the weight on your shoulders you have to kick a person when they are down that is truly sad. I am not condoning what she did, but I also have enough humility to admit we all make mi

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ddaughertyjr

Apr-14-13 5:51 AM

** mistakes. Her's unfortunately is life altering and will forever stick with her. My thought's are with the family and those young innocent kids.

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Roadbaron

Apr-14-13 12:06 PM

And the really sad part is some soft hearted lawyer will probably tell the nice Judge that it was a first time mistake and that losing her "baby" should be enough punishment. The heartbreaker is that after sleeping for a number of hours her BAL was STILL a .22,what kind of shape was she in before she went to bed? But I'm SURE there is no problem there right? Just ask her or her lawyer. And after she does her 60 days and the poor kiddo is gone and buried she will have the perfect EXCUSE to fire up a sad memory and start drinking again. Like she will need the excuse anyways, pro's usually don't. With any luck the grandparents or SOMEONE responsible has the remaining kids so that they aren't in the way NEXT time she gets on the road with the "afterglow" of the night before.

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mentalist

Apr-15-13 3:29 AM

This woman needs to be punished for her crimes---no ifs, ands or buts. That being said, she also needs to go into treatment. If she is down so deep that she didn't consider her children's lives before she got behind the wheel, alcohol has taken control of HER life. Do the time, pay the fines, and pray there are family members who can care for the kids. As a recovering alcoholic myself, it breaks my heart when I hear these stories.

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bss1985

Apr-16-13 8:59 AM

FOR EVERYONE THAT HAS POSTED SOMETHING NEG. YOU ARE ALL NO ONE TO JUDGE. LETS NOT POST THINGS THAT YOU ALL DONT KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ALSO WILDTHING LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING SHE WAS NOT DRUNK WHILE SHE WAS BABYSITTING. ALSO HOW YOU STATE THAT WAITING FOR THE COPS IS FATAL WELL ITS TRUE FOR THE REASON THAT WHAT WAS POSTED IN THE NEWSPAPER CAME FROM THE POLICE REPORT WHICH ALL STATEMENTS WERE NOT THE STATEMENTS THAT WERE GIVEN TO THE OFFICER. I WOULD KNOW BECAUSE I WAS THE ONE THAT WAS THERE THAT DAY. ALSO SHE WAS NEVER AT A PARTY LIKE THE NEWSPAPER STATES. YOU SEE HOW THE POLICE AND NEWSPAPER IS ALREADY CRUSEFYING HER WITH THIS ARTICLE. LIKE I SAID GOD WILL DO THE RIGHT THING. IF YOU ONLY KNEW THE REAL TRUTH YOU WOULD NOT EVEN POST WAT YOU ALL POSTED.

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bss1985

Apr-16-13 9:04 AM

I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO LET YOU KNOW MENTALIST IF YOU ARE A RECOVERING ALCH. WHY WOULD YOU BASH ON SOMEONE THAT THEY ARE ALCH. I AM NOT SAYING WHAT HAS HAPPEN IS RIGHT BUT DO YOU THINK SAYING THAT SHE NEEDS PUNISHMENT IS RIGHT DONT YOU KNOW THE PUNISHMENT OF KNOWING THAT YOU CHILD IS GONE IS PUNISHMENT ENOUGH. DO YOU KNOW WHAT SHE GOES THRU EVERY DAY NO YOU DONT THINK BEFOR YOU POST THINGS IF YOU DONT KNOW THE REAL TRUTH ON THE STORY.

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bss1985

Apr-16-13 9:07 AM

ROADBARON LET ME ALSO TELL YOU SOMETHING YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND ONE THING YOU DONT KNOW THE WHOLE TRUTH TO WHAT HAPPENED SO SHE AINT ASKING FOR YOU TO FEEL SORRY OR ANYONE ELSE YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE NEED TO LIVE WHAT SHE IS GOING THRU TO EVEN SAY THINGS LIKE WHAT YOU ARE SAYING.

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bss1985

Apr-16-13 9:13 AM

I WOULD JUST SAY THAT IT IS OK FOR SOMEONE THAT HAS MONEY AND POWER TO COMMIT A CRIME BUT WHEN SOMEONE THAT HAS NO MONEY AND NO POWER IT IS A CRIME. THINK ABOUT ALL THE JUDGES AND COPS THAT HAVE COMMITTED DRIVING DRUNK AND BUYING DRUGS AND GETTING CAUGHT ALL THEY GET IS A SLAP ON THE HAND AND A SMALL FINE. GET TO KEEP THERE JOBS AND GO ONE LIKE IF NOTHING EVEN HAPPENED BUT ON DOES A SMALL CRIME LIKE WRITE A BAD CHECK FROM THERE OWN ACCOUNT AND THEY GET A BIG FINE AND 5 YEARS PROBATION. THIS ARE EXAMPLES ON HOW THIS IS GOING TO TURN OUT THE ARE ALREADY CRUSYFING HER WITH OUT EVEN KNOWING THE REAL FACTS STATEMENTS AND ACTUAL EVENTS. BUT WHAT CAN WE DO NOTHING Y CAUSE THEY WILL NEVER LISTEN TO PEOPLE WITH NO MONEY AND NO POWER, THAT IS THE REALITY!!!!!

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Meximo70

Apr-16-13 9:40 AM

bss you're full of bs. the facts are: she was a .22 blood alcohol. over twice the legal limit. and she chose to drive her three kids in that state. she flipped her car. she killed her son. those are the facts. has nothing to with how much money she has or who she knows. and what the heck does writing a bad check have to with a drunk mother killing her kid? hardly comparable. just goes to show you how valuable a young persons life is to people like you.

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citizenofmc

Apr-16-13 10:46 AM

Meximo70 you are 100% correct on your comment. She needs to be made an example of and throw the book at her. Think of your children first and for most, bottom line.

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momoftwo

Apr-16-13 1:36 PM

Must say I am amazed at those who feel she should receive no punishment...yes she will have to live with the death of her child and her responsibility for it but she was traveling down a major interstate and could just as easily have killed someone elses' family member. Would you be so forgiving if she had killed your loved one? Would knowing that she had to live with the guilt of her poor decision be enough punishment then? She should be punished equally as any other person who's choice (and it was a choice not an accident)caused the death of another person. Her children will miss out on some time with their mother but they will learn a valuable lesson - that you are responsible for your actions and you must live with the consequences. This would be a totally different circumstance if this was completely accidental & she would receive more sympathy if that were the case.

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mentalist

Apr-17-13 12:15 AM

Well, bss...maybe you should enlighten us since you know so much about what really happened that night. I would not, however, change anything I said earlier. She got drunk and drove her car. Illegal. She crashed her car, endangering her three children and killing one of them. ILLEGAL. She MURDERED her son.

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ddaughertyjr

Apr-17-13 4:49 AM

It's unfortunate, we can make every excuse in the book but facts are facts. In the end nobody wins because a child is lost and the other children lose there mother and have to live with the tragedy every day of the rest of there lives. In my previous post I wasn't defending her I just thought it was sad, I didn't want us to say burn her! I was trying to look at it from a outside perspective without judging. I thought it was questionable for the other people to throw her under the bus when they thought she was responsible enough to watch there kid yet they couldn't be responsible to keep her there to prevent what transpired. You know what I mean? This was totally preventable alas fate didn't see it that way.

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concernedhuman2

Apr-17-13 6:54 AM

I believe the people she was staying at hold some responsibility in this tragic situation.I wonder if the "Dram-Shop" rule applies.

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Fred94

Apr-17-13 9:01 AM

Let's bring out the stocks, or the whipping post, or better yet, just lynch her. Punish! Punish! Punish! That's way to change behavior in a person! If they don't know how to behave correctly in society, lock them up with others who also don't. That way they will learn the correct societal behavior we are looking for. Or will they?

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Fred94

Apr-18-13 9:38 AM

As a matter of fact I do know a better deterrent. Simply put it is called education. In this case one would define it as treatment. Incarceration is not positive education nor is it a deterrent if recidivism rates are accurate. You ask, “Why not do just as I please if there are no consequences?”. Are you telling me she has yet to suffer any severe consequences for her reckless behavior? She knows she destroyed a life. One she has nurtured from conception. You don't believe that living with the knowledge that you killed part of yourself, that everyone knows and will remember you killed part of yourself, certainly won't weigh on your mind for the remainder of your life? And you feel she needs still harsher consequences. To what end?

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Meximo70

Apr-18-13 9:51 AM

Fred, when a mother of 3 finds the need to drive drunk with her kids in tow at 81 mph, then yes; something drastic needs to happen. a child lost his life becuase the person in charge of the safety and security of their well-being was irresponsible. if you look at the number of people jailed because of repeat offenses and probation violations you would see that there obviously are some flaws in the justice system. if it were me handing out the punishment, she would be ejected from a catapult into a brick wall, but that's why i'm not a judge.

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Meximo70

Apr-18-13 9:53 AM

...and does a person really need to be educated that it is unsafe to drive drunk with kids?

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MadMarine

Apr-18-13 5:15 PM

I would feed her birdseed full of steel pellets, then get a big magnet to hold her down and roll a huge rock off a cliff onto her.

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Fred94

Apr-19-13 10:58 AM

A discussion of the sociological, psychological, and physiological reasons for heavy drinking and the resulting impact such behavior has on the ability to make decisions is in order but this is not the appropriate forum nor would it likely be fully appreciated. Let it suffice that once someone is drunk (even highly educated people), they make poor or more bluntly, stupid, decisions. Locking a person up does not help teach the person to make better decisions when they are drunk. Granted they won't be able to get drunk while they are locked up but this only delays the problem. Once they are out, odds are very good they will drink again. I guess it really comes down to: Do you want to try to solve the problem or just satisfy your*****for blood.

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Fred94

Apr-19-13 11:13 AM

What a site! Is it censored by a Puritan? One cannot not use the word “l u s t” in the context of meaning “need”. It might explain some of the attitudes I'm seeing.

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Fred94

Apr-21-13 3:11 PM

Nice to be speaking to the person in charge. You're an interesting fellow. So sure you have everyone's number. Never said she was a victim. She, as everyone else, has made her own bed through her decisions. The question is do we spend our money punishing her or do we spend it educating her to make better decisions. Your plan: Pay to send her to prison; Pay for Social Services to deal with her children; Pay for foster care; Pay for Parole supervision; Pay for Financial Assistance because she lost her job while in prison; Pay for treatment. My plan; Pay for treatment; Pay for limited Social Services involvement; Pay for Probation supervision. Seems to me you are the one pushing the liberal agenda by supporting and in doing so justifying the increase in government services to take care of those who don't seem capable of doing it for themselves.

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StumpJumper

Apr-22-13 12:51 PM

Fred said "Nice to be speaking to the person in charge. You're an interesting fellow. So sure you have everyone's number."

Wildthing-he doesn't realize how many degrees you have. Enlighten him.

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