A vigil was held this week for Caleigh Harrison, but it doesn't seem like there is much else going on in this missing child's case. It's also being reported that the "skin like substance" that washed ashore earlier this week was not connected to the disappearance of the missing 2-year-old.
Allison Hammond, the mother of missing tot Caleigh Harrison, has publicly acknowledged her mistake in leaving her children unattended while retrieving a ball. Although there are still inconsistencies in the parents' stories, it's good that the mother has acknowledged that she should have never left two young children, which may have directly led to the disappearance of her youngest child.
The mother still doesn't want to believe that the child may have been swept out to sea. She believes she was abducted, and the 4-year-old sister has told detectives that she doesn't want to tell her parents what happened because she's afraid of getting in trouble.
Is it at all possible that this little girl pushed her sister? Children scuffle, especially very young siblings. There is no evidence of an abduction, and there doesn't appear to be evidence of foul play, although detectives have not polygraphed the parents as far as the public knows. So maybe the child is "afraid of getting into trouble," because perhaps she accidentally pushed or tripped her sister?
Look, this isn't a popular opinion, but there needs to be stricter laws about raising children. Leaving two young children along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean for any amount of time is just dangerous and neglectful, and if there is even the smallest possibility that Caleigh is missing because of an accident with her sister, what happens?
This is no different from when a parent leaves a child in a car, or alone at home, or anywhere else unattended for that matter. What happens then? The parents are charged with neglect and sometimes endangerment. There is a reason for this: It's dangerous to leave young children unattended, period. While it's sad that the child is missing, and it's sad that the mother claims regret for what happened, it's important to realize that she still neglected her children. She still put them in a situation that, by any common sense standards, would result in child protective services' involvement. She still committed what is considered a misdemeanor in most cities in the country, and a possible death resulted from it, which actually ups that charge in most cases.
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