Friday, September 22, 2006
Jessica Durham of Montana was sentenced to five years for unlawful marijuana distribution after she gave her 18-month old daughter, Michala, a water pipe to inhale.
She said that smoking improved the baby's appetite and made her lethargic and mellow, the same effects she noted in herself when she smoked pot. Is that lethargic as in "brain dead?" Couldn't she just have given her a pacifier or something? What's wrong with this picture?
She appealed the conviction and the sentence. The Court upheld her conviction, but found that the sentence exceeded relevant Federal law which allows no more than two years in prison for this offense.
There's actually a precedent for this? I wonder how often it comes up. And will the trendy children's boutiques begin carrying baby bongs now? Presumably, her daughter is going to rehab.
Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman, now 23, who was "forgotten" by her parents and raised by dogs until she was discovered at age 8, was interviewed recently.
Oxana Malaya, one of about 100 known feral children, has the tested mental age of six, stilted speech and an uncoordinated gait. She buries any gifts she receives and runs into the woods when she's upset. She still knows how to bark, run on all fours, pant with her tongue out, and dry herself off by shaking.
She may actually be better off than the bong baby, but what I want to know is, what kind of dogs were they? And how on earth do you forget your child for eight years? Seriously.