Thursday, July 08, 2010

Armed Robbery with Special Circumstances

The latest candidate for Mother of the Year is Ethel Mae Nelson of Newberry, SC, who took her 7-year old daughter along while she held up a gas station at knifepoint. The clerk gave her about $300 and she fled with the money and the child. Soon after, a deputy spotted her in a taxi and apprehended her. She tried to run away, leaving the child behind, and broke her leg in the process.

She has been charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon and unlawful conduct toward a child.

Ms. Nelson is hospitalized and her daughter has been placed in state custody. It's really rough when you need to commit a crime but can't afford a baby sitter. There oughta be a law.


Em said...

Ah, live can be so challenging some days. LOL

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

It never ceases to stun me that people can be such utterly horrific parents.

I just don't get it.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Anonymous said...

That Ethel Mae, she just never can get a break, it seems.

secret agent woman said...

She actually sounds like a better parent than the man who was just arrested in a neighboring county this week - he raped his two-year old son, video-taped it, and put the video on-line.

Maria said...

I misread this and thought that she broke her child's leg. I kept thinking, "God, she didn't do enough, but then had to go break her baby's leg too?"

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Seriously. What's a robber to do?


I'm beginning to think they're in the majority, raising another generation of bad parents-to-be.


Born under an unlucky star, she was.


Yeah, you win. No contest. Ewwww.


That's what happens when syntax goes bad.

meno said...

I can't help but think that the desire for drugs was involved.

heartinsanfrancisco said...


"The desire for drugs..." Yes, I believe that is a creditable assumption.

Anonymous said...

If she had gotten a baby sitter, would the baby sitter be considered an accomplice since she enabled the crime to occur?

heartinsanfrancisco said...


Excellent question. The baby sitter would probably have to prove that he/she was not apprised of the mama's plans. Also interesting, if the child were older, she would probably be charged as an accomplice.