Some parents just don’t understand

Here are two local feel-stabby stories to get your Friday off to an enraged start.

But it’s good to be enraged when you are enraged on behalf of poorly-treated children.

First up:

Wilkinsburg police arrested the mother of a 2-year-old boy Thursday after a man found the child crying and alone in a tipped-over stroller, police said.

According to police, Ms. Johnson said she had taken the boy to a relative’s home so the relative could watch him. She told police that she left the stroller on the sidewalk in front of the home and called the relative to let them know the boy was there.

“For some reason the family member did not come out promptly,” Wilkinsburg police wrote in a news release.

Leave your child in a stroller on a sidewalk and then call a relative all, “The baby is sitting outside. On the sidewalk. Where he may roll into traffic. LOL. Go get him. Bye now.”


Next up:

A 2-year-old child was removed from her mother’s house early Thursday after police, in a raid, found the toddler’s diaper full of illegal drugs.

A detective was checking the baby’s crib when he noticed the child’s diaper was lumpy.

Officers found three plastic sandwich bags of marijuana and 49 packets of heroin inside the diaper.

The bags of drugs all were covered in urine, according to a police affidavit that supports the arrests.

Ms. Wright arrived home after the search was complete. She became irate when she learned her daughter had been taken away, police said.

The affidavit said Ms. Wright claimed her boyfriend didn’t “do that stuff in the house. … He’s small-time. … He doesn’t even sell that much.”

Because if you’re going to let a criminal use your baby’s diaper as a drug-hiding place, the least you can do is make sure he’s a “small-time” dealer.

These caregivers are all the next Annoying Burghers and their crowns are in the mail and by crowns I mean a pamphlet describing the benefits of permanent birth control.

Also, I could never be a cop. With a gun. Going to people’s houses. And seeing how some of them treat their children.

I’d be in jail for sure.


  1. Sherri
    August 6, 2010 10:25 am

    Unbelievable. Poos little babies…. Idiot mothers. What’s scary is, there is a good chance they’ll get these kids back.

  2. Nicole T.
    August 6, 2010 10:26 am

    Is it odd that stories like this and the bajillion other ones, at no fault of the child’s even, make me want to never, ever, be a parent? There are too many other children being screwed up…

  3. CS
    August 6, 2010 11:29 am

    There was this one too:

    A 2 year old was found in someone’s yard at 6:30am…HALF A MILE from the house where he was being cared for at the time. The people (his aunt and her boyfriend) watching him called police around 11:45am when they couldn’t find him.

    Its a weird world out there. Stuff like this is why I can’t read the news. I’d never stop crying.

  4. spoon
    August 6, 2010 11:30 am

    No one would ever search Teaspoon’s diaper. I keep all my drugs, illegal porn, stolen cars, vcr and extra cash in there. That kid can clear a room.

    On a side note did anyone catch the story KDKA aired today of the “killer sand”. Parents are mystified and confuzzled as to why their kids are buried alive after they try to dig a tunnel in the sand at the beach and it falls in.

  5. TK
    August 6, 2010 1:04 pm

    Was there something in the water 2 years and 9 months ago?

  6. CarolineFB
    August 6, 2010 1:59 pm

    For all the worthy, awesome couples who are so desperately trying to have children, spending thousands of dollars, hours of time for intensive testing and are still not able to conceive — for them, these stories sicken me.

    Another child + ill-equipped baby momma = $$$ welfare. That math they can do.

  7. Cassie
    August 6, 2010 4:42 pm

    Yet another reason why I’d love to own a sterility wand.

    My husband and I stopped watching the local news when we watched a segment about a man who put his 3 month old in the MICROWAVE and ran it for 10 seconds. The baby had 3rd degree burns on his ears, nose and toes.

    @Caroline, very true. When I was a waitress in the Waterfront, I overheard people constantly talking about how they’re going to have another baby so they can get more welfare money. One time I heard, “I need a new Prada bag. About time I have another kid.”

  8. facie
    August 6, 2010 5:13 pm

    There is also a headline on the PG about a dad who apparently forced his 13 year old daughter to smoke pot. How sad when that is a step up compared to the other idiots. I am all for sterilization. I think it should be part of the punishment for certain crimes.

    I can remember when I was a kid and my dad, who is a pharmacist, telling me about the people who would walk in all exciting because another kid meant another 100 bucks a month.

  9. Sooska
    August 6, 2010 6:25 pm

    Kurt Vonnegut once wrote a story about an over- populated Earth and as a result there was birth control in the public water supply to prevent willy-nilly reproduction. There was an antidote for those who were deemed to deserve the right to have a baby after they proved they would be good parents. Many days I think this is a good idea. And not just for the poor or minorities either.

  10. Sooska
    August 6, 2010 6:29 pm

    That didn’t end quite right. What I mean is, many people -you know the type- think it’s just the poor or minorities who are bad parents and I say it crosses all races and economic lines and I have witnessed this on many occasions unfortunately.

  11. Butcher's Dog
    August 6, 2010 8:36 pm

    Is there a real good reason there are 10 comments on this (I’m #11) and 38 on Ben? Seriously, which is more important? Which touches the lives most of us live more closely? Which makes us sadder? I’m thinking realdumb parents trump qbinbar any day.

  12. Virginia Hendricks
    August 6, 2010 9:55 pm

    Things like this upset me. Hubby and I have been trying for 2 1/2 years to have a baby and haven’t been sucessful. But God lets people like that bring kids into the world with no trouble. Something is out of whack in the cosmos.

  13. MM
    August 7, 2010 11:34 am

    Was thinking the same thing Butchers Dog. The sad, very sad thing is people are more into pop culture than what is going on in the world. You bring up serious issues, like why the President of the US can’t produce his birth certificate and your the crazy one.

  14. Kelly c
    August 9, 2010 10:31 am

    and why are we STILL not giving highschool kids complete, free, easy access to all forms of birth control?! when you get your room assignments and class schedule, you should get real information on free birth control. when you’re in line for a school lunch, birth control.

  15. burgher-licious
    August 10, 2010 11:47 am

    I still like the “an eye for an eye” philosophy. Take those parents and put them in an overturned stroller, in a microwave, alone in the street in a diaper and see how they like it. Unfortunately kids are innocent and learn from the environment around them – look what these kids get to learn. Just sad.

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