The parents of Caleigh Harrison have finally accepted the investigative conclusion that the little girl was swept out to sea. After months of denial, their address to the media earlier today was seemingly heartfelt, but it should also be a reminder that Allison Hammond is currently being investigated for child neglect regarding the missing child's sister, "Lizzie."
Do you think Allison Hammond's actions are what led to this child being swept to sea? Her stories to the media have never fully meshed together with slight contradictions and clarifications that make it evident that this child was not being watched. Caleigh Harrison was left alone on a beach facing the Atlantic ocean near high tide the day she vanished. Hammond claimed to have thrown a ball, which went over a wall leading her to retrieve it out of her children's sights for an undetermined amount of time. The distance she allegedly threw this ball was approximately 40 to 60 yards (reports vary), meaning she couldn't have possibly thrown it that far. It seems as though she is trying to compensate for what may have happened. This is meant in no way to harm the family who are undoubtedly suffering in this time of loss. However, it's important to pinpoint just what happened so as to direct attention to what parents should not do when playing with their children in dangerous areas like beaches, pools, lakes, and parks.
There have been comments made by family members of Allison Hammond that this isn't the first time she lost track of her children in public places, especially beach environments. Some speculation has even gone as far as to question if the woman may have fallen asleep at one point at the beach, or went to the bathroom leaving the children unattended, but these claims are not confirmed. What is known is that the child is gone and most likely drowned after being left unattended. It's tragic accidents like these that make way for laws against child neglect in the first place, which leads one to question just why she is being investigated.
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